The 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica has been awarded to Professor Matthew England of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.
Professor England has made sustained and seminal contributions to Antarctic science through his profound insights into the influence of the Southern Ocean on the continent and its role in the global climate system. He has played significant leadership roles in international programmes such as the Climate and Ocean – Variability, Predictability, and Change (CLIVAR) and Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) projects, demonstrating a strong commitment to collegiality, capacity building and the global impact of Antarctic science. Importantly, Professor England has consistently shown a rare ability to translate global issues to local impacts and, in an engaging and accessible way, to the general public.
He has led the world in championing the importance of Southern Ocean water-masses and circulation in global climate, pioneering our understanding of the Southern Annular Mode and its influence on the coupled ocean-ice-atmosphere system, quantifying rates and pathways of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation, and discovering new insights into the physics of tropical-high latitude teleconnections.
Professor England's homepage at the Climate Change Research Centre of the University of New South Wales.