Korean climate change scientist wins award

A Korean scientist has won an award for his research on climate change. Dr Jong-Seong Kug, an Associate Professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology’s School of Environmental Science […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A Korean scientist has won an award for his research on climate change.

Dr Jong-Seong Kug, an Associate Professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology’s School of Environmental Science and Engineering, has been recognised¬†for his development of modelling that predicts extreme weather patterns in detail.

He won the 2015 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE), beating 11 other researchers.

His El Nino prediction model has helped the Korean Meteorological Administration better understand tropical climate dynamics and forecast and track extreme weather, stated APEC.

It has also made the APEC Climate Centre more effective.

The centre is an inter-governmental seasonal prediction system operated by member economies which are hit by over 70% of the world’s natural disasters.

Dr Kug said: “Understanding the rules of our earth is the only way to fight against the effects of climate change. We are making important strides in our efforts to apply new climate change models in the Asia-Pacific. The key is for the scientific community to continue to work together to take this undertaking forward to more fully capture the benefits.”