Currently, Prof In-Sik Kang promoting the ocean field observations with buoys and ocean cruises with his newly formed Chinese research team, which will enhance the Chinese contribution to the international Indian Ocean observation programs.
WMO Awards IMO Prize to Indian Ocean Expert Prof In-Sik Kang
New Delhi (ABC Live India): The World
Meteorological Organization has honoured Prof. In-Sik Kang, who has vast
research expertise on the Indian Ocean with its top award for his outstanding
contributions to climate science.
WMO’s Executive Council selected Prof. Kang as the winner of the
66th IMO Prize. Established in 1955 and named after the predecessor of the WMO,
the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), is awarded every
year to individuals in recognition of their lifetime work in the field of
meteorology, hydrology, climatology or related fields.
The award cites Prof. Kang’s scientific achievements, particularly
in the field of climate modelling and prediction, and his pioneering
contributions to operational and research climate centres, and for nurturing
next-generation scientists, including from developing countries. He has
published more than 170 papers in scientific journals.
From 2000 to 2009, he was the Director of the Center of Excellence
for Climate Environment System Research at SNU. He has a long history of
working with the international climate community and was a member of the World
Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee for 2013-2018.
Prof. Kang established a Center of Excellence for Climate Environment
System Research at Seoul National University in the year 2000. He pioneered a
multi-model ensemble seasonal prediction system combined with
dynamical-statistical corrections. The work demonstrated a value of multi-model
ensemble prediction in the operational seasonal forecast, which led to the
establishment of the APEC Climate Center (APCC). He initiated and played a major
role in establishing the APCC and has been a co-Chair of the APCC Science
Advisory Committee since its establishment in 2006.
The APCC now plays a major role in producing WMO multi-model seasonal
prediction products by collecting the seasonal predictions from the 11
WMO-designated operational canters.
After his retirement from SNU, Prof. Kang was elected as a Foreign
Expert by the Chinese government in 2018 and has been working in China as the
Science Director of the Indian Ocean Center, Second Institute of
Currently, Prof. Kang promoting the ocean field observations with buoys
and ocean cruises with his newly formed Chinese research team, which will
enhance the Chinese contribution to the international Indian Ocean observation
Apart from his scientific achievements, he has committed himself lifelong
to educating younger generations of the weather and climate science community.
As a professor at Seoul National University, he had generated many excellent
next-generation scientists. Most of his former PhD students are now
professors in the USA and Korea and are well-known scientists in various research
institutes. Many of them are actively working with international climate
Prof. Kang has trained and educated a number of climate
scientists from developing countries.
Prof. Kang will collect the award and deliver a scientific lecture at
the Executive Council session in 2022.