6 July, 2022

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) data scientist, Tom Andersson has been awarded the World Meteorological Organisation Young Scientist of the Year Award 2022.

The award, which recognises the highest quality research undertaken by young scientists in the fields of meteorology and hydrology, is one of the most prestigious in its field. The World Meteorological Organisation’s Executive Council has been granting the Award every year since 1970, and during that time it has been won by young scientists from more than 20 different countries.

The nomination was based on Tom’s paper “Seasonal Arctic sea ice forecasting with probabilistic deep learning” which was published in Nature Communications last year. This was a collaboration  between BAS and the Alan Turing Institute which outlined how a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool can help scientists to more accurately forecast Arctic sea ice conditions months into the future.

You can hear Tom discuss his award winning research including the potential impact of IceNet, the AI tool described in the study, to further our understanding of climate change on the BBC’s Digital Planet and in the BAS YouTube video below.