At the 2014 PICES Annual Meeting in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, it was announced that Professor Fangli Qiao from the First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), State Oceanic Administration of China (SOA) was the recipient of the 14th annual Wooster Award.
Dr Fangli first established the non-breaking surface wave-induced vertical mixing theory. Building on this theory, he led the development of the global wave-circulation coupled model with much improved performance on the simulation of mixed layer and sea surface temperature. He has been an advocate for marine science cooperation on many important national and international boards, commissions and panels. Dr Qiao has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal papers and two books, supervised PhD students and Master Students. He also serves as editorial board member of international journals including Ocean Modelling, Journal of Marine Systems, and Acta Oceanologica Sinica etc.
On October 20, 2014, in view of his achievement, he was awarded the 14th annual Wooster Award at the opening session of the PICES Annual meeting.
Currently, he is also serving as WESTPAC Project Leader for SEAGOOS Ocean Forecasting System and Director for IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamic and Climate, one of WESTPAC’s initiative on “UNESCO/IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers on Marine Science”, with regular trainings on ocean dynamics, air-sea interaction, and numerical modelling developed for young scientists, particularly from developing countries in the Western Pacific and adjacent region. In April 2014, he was awarded WESTPAC Outstanding Scientists 2014.
PICES Governing Council approved the establishment of the Wooster Award in 2000. The award is named in honour of Professor Warren S. Wooster, a principal founder and the first Chairman of PICES, and a world-renowned researcher and statesman in the area of climate variability and fisheries production. The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant scientific contributions to North Pacific marine science, such as understanding and predicting the role of human and climate interactions on marine ecosystem production.