Feb 1 2016

AK CASC Scientist receives the prestigious IASC Medal

John Walsh, an AK CASC scientist and chief scientist at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, received the 2016 International Arctic Science Committee Medal.

The medal is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, if there is a nominee of appropriate quality. Upon reviewing nominations received, the IASC Medal Committee unanimously decided to honor Walsh. They recognized his exceptional contributions to modeling and evaluating climate change impacts in the Arctic and his outstanding record of service and leadership to the wider Arctic science, education and policy community.

“This is a well deserved recognition. His dedication, insights and collegiality are inspiring,” noted IARC Director Hajo Eicken.

Walsh joined IARC as Chief Scientist and President’s Professor of Global Change in 2001, after spending nearly 30 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois. He has worked with the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center on several projects to improve climate models for Alaska.

He is internationally recognized as an expert on climate change. He has numerous publications, including serving as a lead author of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2005), a lead author of the Polar Regions chapter for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007), and a convening lead author in the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (2014). In addition to his research work, Walsh’s dedication to expand public understanding of Arctic climate science and climate change is well known. He has frequently given presentations at public gatherings and responded to journalists covering climate change.

The president of IASC presents the Medal during the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), which will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska from 12-18 March 2016.