Dr Laia Comas-Bru awarded WCRP/GCOS Data Prize

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The WCRP/GCOS Data Prize is awarded annually to an early- to mid-career researcher for their outstanding contribution to the Earth system science community, through achievements in data product generation, data management and preservation or other data relevant activities.

Dr Laia Comas-Bru, formally of University College Dublin, School of Earth Sciences, is joint recipient of the 2020 WCRP/GCOS Data Prize for her work in leading the international effort to create the SISAL database, a global compilation of speleothem isotope data which can be used to reconstruct past hydroclimates.

Whilst in University College Dublin, Laia was instrumental in creating and leading an international network of young scientists to compile data, working hands-on in creating a public-access database and instigating quality control measures, and has promoted the use of the database for regional hydroclimate reconstructions and climate model evaluation.

WCRP/GCOS Data Prize