UH Manoa Professor Wins Highest Award from Japanese Meteorological Society

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gisela Speidel, (808) 956-9252
Public Relations Specialist
Posted: Apr 23, 2002

Shang-Ping Xie, associate professor with the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) and the Department of Meteorology of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at UH Mānoa, was recently awarded the 2002 Medal of the Meteorological Society of Japan for "contributions to the understanding of the ocean-atmosphere interaction that shapes the tropical climate and its variability."

Xie‘s research provides the first physically consistent explanation of why the climate of the tropical oceans is not symmetric about the equator and shows how this climatic asymmetry affects climate variations like El Niņo. The medal is the highest award given by the Meteorological Society of Japan to its members for meteorological research.

Xie has a bachelor‘s degree from the Shangdong College of Oceanography in China, and a master‘s and doctorate degree from Tohoku University in Japan. Prior to joining UH Mānoa, he was an associate professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science at Hokkaido University in Japan. His research interests are large-scale ocean-atmosphere interaction, climate dynamics, and general circulation of the atmospheres and oceans.

Xie‘s recent work published in Science reveals the far-reaching effects of the Hawaiian Islands on the Pacific climate system. He is a member of US CLIVAR Pan American Implementation Panel and the PIRATA Scientific Committee, a contributor to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report, and editor of the Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan.

The medal will be presented to Xie at the Meteorological Society of Japan‘s Spring Meeting held from May 22 to May 24, 2002 in Omiya, Japan, where Xie will present his research that led to the award.