Andreas Philipp Weigel
The 2009 Outstanding Young Scientist Award is awarded to Andreas Philipp Weigel for his major contributions in the field of weather forecasting and climate prediction.
Andreas is one of the most outstanding new arrivals to the long-range forecasting field in the last few years within Climatology. In particular, his contributions to the field of forecast verification and probabilistic forecast formulation have been top class, as his most recent publications demonstrate. The development of a debiased version of the widely employed “Brier score” for the forecast quality assessment of probability forecasts has implications beyond his own field, and is being considered in fields like operational weather forecasting and hydrology forecasts. Besides, Andreas is already working in bridging the gap between the monthly/seasonal forecasting and the regional climate change problems, a new and exciting aspect that develops the most recent goals formulated by CLIVAR. He is also quickly developing managerial skills that will benefit both his group and the European climate research community.