Press release

AWI-scientist Markus Rex receives Dobson-Award

[25. June 2004] 

For his work on interactions between climate change and the ozone layer, Dr Markus Rex of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Research branch Potsdam) received the ‘Dobson-Award’ on May 31, 2004. The Quadrennial Ozone Symposium in Greece was chosen to present the award for the first time.

Markus Rex was honoured for his publication “On the unexplained stratospheric ozone losses during cold Arctic Januaries”. In addition, his overall contribution to ozone research, consisting of a number of acknowledged publications, was recognised in the honorary address. In particular, two of his studies were identified as highlights by the American Geophysical Union. There were numerous nominations for the award from all over the world. The final award winner was selected from a shortlist of nine scientists.

The Dobson-Award was created by the International Ozone Commission (IOC), which also decides on its recipient. Every four years, starting in 2004, it will be given to a young scientist for the most significant contribution to ozone research, in terms of substance and innovation, during the previous four years. The award consists of a replica of an antique statue depicting the Greek goddess Diana.

Bremerhaven, June 25, 2004


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