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News Story - Dr Eric Wolff elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

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Date: 24 May 2010

British Antarctic Survey is delighted to announce the election of one of its leading climate scientists, Dr Eric Wolff, to the Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS).

Selected for his scientific achievements in the advancement of knowledge of the Earth’s past climate, Dr Wolff joins a community of over 1300 of the most eminent and distinguished scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth.

Dr Wolff is a world-renowned scientist most notable for his contributions in the study of ice core palaeoclimate. He leads the British Antarctic Survey science programme “Chemistry and Past Climate”, has chaired the science committee of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA), which produced 800,000 year records of climate from the Dome C (Antarctica) ice core, and co-chairs the international initiative to coordinate future ice core research. As lead Principal Investigator of the UK-French QUEST-DESIRE project, he has developed a strong interest in interpreting the changes in greenhouse gas concentrations across glacial-interglacial cycles.

In April 2009 his outstanding contributions to the study of the chemical composition of snow cover and ice cores and their use in the determination of past climates, pollution and atmospheric chemistry was recognised by the award of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2009 Louis Agassiz Medal.

Professor Nicholas Owens, Director of British Antarctic Survey said,

“This is a tremendous honour for Eric. Over the past 25 years his leadership of national and international studies of ice cores from the Antarctic and Greenland have revolutionised our knowledge of Earth system, climate history and operation. On behalf of all his colleagues at British Antarctic Survey I extend our warmest congratulations.”