Professor Kuo-Nan Liou to Receive the 2012 Quadrennial Gold Medal from the International Radiation Commission
Kuo-Nan Liou, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Electrical Engineering, is the recipient of the International Radiation Commission’s (IRC) Quadrennial Gold Medal Award “for contributions of lasting significance to the field of radiation research.”
Professor Liou will receive the award at the IRC 2012 Symposium on August 8, 2012 during an evening banquet at the Dahlem Cube & Science Center hosted by the Free University of Berlin, Germany and will give a 45-minute presentation the following day at the Union Session.
The International Radiation Commission was founded in 1896 to engage in research involving atmospheric radiation and related disciplines under the auspices of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). The membership is comprised of experts representing public and private institutions from 18 countries, who conduct research, establish priorities, promote international collaboration, and manage scientific symposia to showcase achievements in the field of atmospheric radiation science. Candidates for the awards are exclusively nominated by IRC elected committee members.
Professor Liou is Director of the UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (www.jifresse.ucla.edu), a research institute with a mission to study and develop projects on global climate change and its impact on regional climate and environment. Professor Liou’s recent work focuses on radiative transfer and satellite remote sensing in mountain/snow regions and the deposition of black carbon and dust over these areas in association with surface temperature and snowmelt amplification and feedback.
Among his numerous accolades, Professor Liou was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999 and the Academia Sinica (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiwan) in 2004, shared the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of IPCC in 2007, and was awarded the 2010 COSPAR William Nordberg Medal.