- Published on 24 July 2018
Dr Valerio Lucarini, professor of Statistical Mechanics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Reading https://www.reading.ac.uk/maths-and-stats/, and director of the Mathematics for Planet Earth Centre https://www.reading.ac.uk/maths-and-stats/research/mathematics-of-planet-earth/Centre-for-the-Mathematics-of-Planet-Earth.aspx was one of 6 winners of the Whitehead Prize announced on 29th June 2018 by the London Mathematical Society (LMS), and was awarded with this prize for his work in statistical physics to the theory and modelling of climate dynamics, along with his pioneering leadership in mathematics applied to climate science.
On announcement of the award the LMS said “Lucarini’s sustained and timely contributions are of great potential value to a topic of immense consequence. He has also demonstrated outstanding scientific leadership, playing a key role in the international program Mathematics of Planet Earth. His energy, charisma and the extraordinary fertility of his ideas have sparked many collaborations in this area."
Dr Lucarini's work centers on mathematics, statistical physics, dynamical systems and response theory. In addition, one aspect of his work focus on predicting how increasing concentrations of CO₂ will affect global climate change. Lucarini developed a new approach around reinterpreting climate model outputs which could reduce the computing costs associated with running new simulations.
For further information please see the press release on http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR769333.aspx/.