2022 Balzan Prize awarded to Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and Johannes Oerlemans#

The Academia Europaea is honored to announce that two members of the Earth and Cosmic Sciences section, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen from University of Copenhagen and Hans Oerlemans from Utrecht University, have been awarded the Balzan Prize 2022 "for their joint and complementary fundamental and groundbreaking contributions to the dynamics of glaciation and ice-sheets and their impact on understanding climate change and its mechanisms, paving the way to more reliable projections of ice sheet behavior and related changes in sea level", writes Prof. Paolo Papale, the Chair of the Exact Sciences class of Academia Europaea.

Dorthe Dahl-Jensen
Prof. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen

Johannes Oerlemans
Prof. Johannes Oerlemans


Dahl-Jensen is a world leader in ice core drilling and subsequent analysis of ice core data in conjunction with models to determine past climate and how it affected the Greenland ice sheet dynamics and size, thus informing future changes in climate and sea level. Her research has led to numerous achievements that document how the past illuminates potential future abrupt climate changes. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen was elected to Academia Europaea in 2022.

Johannes “Hans” Oerlemans is a Dutch climatologist specialized in glaciology and sea level. He has been a professor of meteorology in the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Utrecht University since 1989. He was elected a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994, and has been a member of Academia Europaea since 1989.

The International Balzan Prize Foundation aims is to promote culture, the sciences, and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace, and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.

Academia Europaea congratulates Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and Johannes Oerlemans as winners of the 2022 Balzan Prize. #

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