Georg Wüst Prize for Marine Research awarded to Prof. Carsten Eden at CEN

Prize for his internationally respected work on ocean eddies and turbulence

The German Society for Marine Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung (DGM)) recently announced that the oceanographer Prof. Carsten Eden would be the recipient of this year’s Georg Wüst Prize. Eden will officially be awarded the prize at a ceremony during the Annual General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna this April. Eden is a researcher at the Institute of Oceanography, part of the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, and at the Cluster of Excellence for climate research, CliSAP.

Eden received the prize for his internationally respected work on ocean eddies and turbulence and their integration into physical computer models of the ocean. In this context, he also investigated the influence of winds on water and heat transport in the North Atlantic. A further aspect concerns the energy transfer involved in the transition from large eddies and waves to smaller eddies in the climate system. In this regard, Eden developed a concept to fully take into account the energy conservation law. Based on his insights, a model for ocean circulation has now been developed which accurately reflects the relevant energetic processes. This marks a major advance over previous models, in which energy could be “gained” or “lost” during the simulation, unlike in the natural processes represented.

Supported by the Springer journal Ocean Dynamics, every two years the Georg Wüst Prize recognizes valued contributions to marine research. Recipients receive a cash prize of roughly € 1,500 and an honorary membership in the DGM.