ICHARM Director Toshio Koike was presented with the 2018 Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for his professional and educational achievements. Among many, CAS highly praised him for clarifying the roles of the Tibetan Plateau in the occurrence of heavy rain and drought disasters in Asia, promoting international integrated research on the global water cycle, and leading an international technical cooperation project to improve the accuracy of heavy rain forecasting in China. It also recognized his considerable contributions to human resources development in the hydrometeorological field of China. The award is given to three scientists annually in the field of natural sciences, and Prof. Koike is the fourth honorable winner from Japan after Dr. Sin-ichi Kurokawa, who was awarded in 2011 for his achievements in high energy physics.
The awarding ceremony took place on January 17, in the presence of CAS President Bai Chunli and over 100 directors of all the concerning institutes. The achievements of Prof. Koike were shared with the audience, including the development of a new generation terrestrial hydrological model and its applications, the promotion of the Coordinated Enhanced Observing Period (CEOP), the contribution to establishing the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the integrated research project of the climate and hydrological cycle on the Tibetan Plateau, and capacity development for Chinese researchers.
On January 18, Prof. Koike delivered a commemorative lecture titled “Towards better understanding of the atmosphere and land interaction in the Tibetan Plateau” at the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), which recommended him for the award.
Prof. Koike (first from right) after the
awarding ceremony at the Chinese Academy of Sciences
(Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
- Reference: Website of Chinese Academy of Sciences