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Climate and Environmental Physics Laboratory (CEPL)

About the laboratry

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0064

Name of the institution of higher learning:
Federal state autonomous educational institution of higher professional education "Ural Federal University named after the first RF President B. N. Yeltsin"

Fields of scientific research:
Ecology

Project goal:
To design an isotopomeric model of general circulation of atmosphere with a high spatial and temporal resolution with the view to forecast the dynamic of climate changes in Western Siberia.

Key project objectives:
1. To identify the key mechanisms and hidden trends within the water and carbon cycles of the permafrost zone and the wetland ecosystem of Western Siberia;
2. To remote-sense target atmospheric components of Western Siberia using new satellite and ground technologies;
3. To design an isotopomeric model of general circulation of atmosphere in Western Siberia;
4. To model the thermodynamic state of the atmosphere and its interaction with the planet's surface in Western Siberia;
5. To forecast the response of the atmospheric water cycle of Western Siberia to the growing concentration of carbon-bearing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Anticipated scientific outcomes:
1. The project will help design a new technique required for global monitoring of the hydrological cycle parameters;
2. The project will help design an isotopomeric model of general circulation of atmosphere for Western Siberia.
3. The project will make it possible to forecast the dynamic of climate and water cycle changes in the permafrost zone and the wetland ecosystem of Western Siberia as the concentration of greenhouse gases continues to rise in the atmosphere.

Leading scientist

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Leading scientist's full name: Jean Jouzel

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Academic degrees and titles:
- Master's degree (1968),
- Advanced education diploma (DEA, 1969),
- PhD (defended at Université of Orsay Paris XI, 1974).

Job title:
French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA); director of a scientific division

Areas of scientific interest:
Earth sciences, climate and environmental physics, atmospheric chemistry, hydrological and carbon cycles, greenhouse effect, climate and environmental changes, remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere, mathematical modeling

Scientific recognition:
- European Academy Award (1990);
- Co-winner of the Philip Morris Prize in climatology (1992);
- Honorary doctor of the Free University of Brussels (1997);
- Milankovitch medal (European Geophysical Society, 1997);
- Co-winner of the French Academy of Sciences award (1999);
- Ippolito Award (Italian Academy of Sciences, 2000);
- Co-winner of the Golden Medal of the French National Center for Scientific Research (2002);
- Revelle medal (American Geophysical Union, 2003);
- Co-winner of the D. Louis Prize (Institute of France, 2006);
- Nonino Prize for popular science books (Italy, 2010);
- "For outstanding service to homeland" order (2008), Knight of the national order of the Legion of Honour (2003);
- Co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the Intergovernmental Climate Change Expert Group;
- Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honour (2012);
- Prince Albert II Award for climate change research (2012);
- 2012 Vetlesen Prize winner (a Nobel Prize analogue for Earth sciences).

At present, Jean Jouzel is the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Science and Technology and a member of the Council for social economic development and environmental protection of France. He is also a member of the Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology responsible for climate-related issues.

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