Journal Editor's Awards


  • International Journal of Climatology Editor's Award
  • Quarterly Journal Editor's Award
  • Quarterly Journal Prize Reviewer's Certificate
  • Atmospheric Science Letters Editor's Award
  • Geoscience Data Journal Editor's Award
  • Meteorological Applications Editor's Award

International Journal of Climatology Editor's Award

Dr Stephen E. Fick and Professor Robert J. Hijmans

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Stephen E. Fick and Robert J. Hijmans are awarded jointly for their paper “WorldClim 2: new 1-km spatial resolution climate surfaces for global land areas”, which was published in the International Journal of Climatology in 2017. The study was conducted at the University of California at Davis.

The paper describes a unique dataset of spatially interpolated monthly values of a set of several meteorological variables (minimum, maximum, and average temperature, precipitation, solar radiation, vapour pressure, and wind speed) over global land at a very high resolution of approximately 1 km2. The unique feature of the methodology behind this dataset is that different models were selected for gridding in different land areas, which guarantees a better skill on a global scale. The great utility of the dataset and its wide applicability are reflected by the very high number of citations: during approximately two and half years from its publication, the paper has reached almost one thousand citations on the Web of Science. Thus, the paper has substantially contributed to the current high ranking of the International Journal of Climatology in terms of its impact factor. The influence of this impactful paper on the development of climate science by directly contributing to and affecting research of many others is undoubtedly exceptionally high.

Acceptance message

We are delighted and honored to accept the International Journal of Climatology Editor's Award for 2019. We are grateful for the work of the International Journal of Climatology in furthering the work of climate science, which we believe is an important unifying activity, globally. We are especially pleased that the IJoC has provided a platform to share this work, which we hope is enabling perhaps more important research in the agricultural, biological and environmental sciences around the world.

Looking forward: It is perhaps more important than ever to understand spatial and temporal variation in the weather and climate. We hope the climate research community can further harness open data practices, transparency and collaboration as climate data sources become more extensive and modeling techniques become more sophisticated. Given the great expense of compiling and proofreading climate data (this was ~80% of the work behind our paper), we encourage the adoption of workflows which allow modelers to work from a common data sources, which would enable more-rapid innovation. We hope the IJoC can continue to be a platform for sharing climate data and science into the future.


Quarterly Journal Editor's Award

Professor Peter Knippertz

professor Peter Knippertz

Professor Peter Knippertz has recently stepped down after 9 years as an Associate Editor for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. During that time, he has handled over 250 submissions in an efficient and effective manner. He invariably returned well balanced and justified decisions in a timely manner, and was always happy to take on even the more tricky submissions.

Professor Knippertz’s extensive expertise meant he was happy to handle papers over a wide range of topics, in particular on dynamics, dust, the monsoon and African meteorology. He has also been a strong advocate for the journal, promoting it within his field and regularly contributing high quality research articles himself. He has even found time to review for the journal, again with the same quality and efficiency which characterised his work as an Associate Editor. We would like to thank him for all his contributions to maintaining the reputation and success of the Quarterly Journal.

Acceptance message

It is a great honour for me to receive this year’s Quarterly Journal Editor’s Award. The nine years I spent with the journal as an Associate Editor were truly insightful and instructive, sometimes challenging, but certainly always enjoyable. I have worked with many different chief editors over the years and the interactions I had with them were at all times constructive and professional. The same holds for the editorial staff that was always helpful with technical and organisation issues. Through this work I have learned a lot about both how to write better papers and how to successfully run a scientific journal. For me, the Quarterly Journal stands out amongst the growing number of journals in the atmospheric sciences through its long history, clear scope, very good reputation in the research community and a place for papers of the highest quality. In my view, it is a true beacon of scientific publishing in Europe and beyond. For all these reasons I am very happy to have made a contribution to keeping the high standards of the journal and I am delighted to receive this award. I’d like to thank the whole editorial team for the great collaborative spirit and wish them all the best for the future.


Quarterly Journal Prize Reviewer's Certificate

Dr Michael Scheuerer

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Dr Michael Scheuerer receives this award in recognition of his important contribution as reviewer for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. He has provided reviews in the rapidly developing areas of ensemble forecasting, statistical post-processing and probabilistic forecasts, maintaining high quality together with an enviable average turnaround of reviews in under 5 days.

We are pleased to have this opportunity to show our appreciation for his valued contribution in maintaining the high quality of papers in the Quarterly Journal.

Acceptance message

Peer review is a critically important process of quality control that helps ensure that published research is novel, relevant, and meets the highest scientific standards. Participating in this process is a great responsibility, but also an additional workload for any scientist. I very much appreciate that the Royal Meteorological Society recognizes the importance of scientists serving as reviewers for its journals, and I am honored and grateful to have been awarded one of the Quarterly Journal Prize Reviewer’s Certificates for 2019.


Dr Zhihong Tan

dr zhihong tan

Dr Zhihong Tan receives this award in recognition of his important contribution as reviewer for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. He has produced thorough reviews of papers with highly mathematical material in the area of the numerical representation of fluid dynamics and buoyant convection in particular.

We are pleased to have this opportunity to show our appreciation for his valued contribution in maintaining the high quality of papers in the Quarterly Journal.

Acceptance message

It is a great honour and pleasure for me to accept the Quarterly Journal Prize Reviewer’s Certificate for 2019. As a peer reviewer for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society since 2015, I have enjoyed the critical thinking process during the review process. Through this, I have challenged my scientific understanding and learned new knowledge from my colleagues. I am also delighted to contribute my expertise to maintaining the excellence of papers in the Quarterly Journal and improving the quality of research in the scientific community. I am most grateful to the editors of the Quarterly Journal for selecting me as a reviewer and sending me the inspiring manuscripts that are well suited to my expertise. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to my recommenders for their recognition of my reviewing efforts. This prize will encourage me to keep up with my work and try my best to continue providing quality reviews. I look forward to serving again as a reviewer for the Quarterly Journal in the near future.


Atmospheric Science Letters Editor's Award

Dr Arthur Miller

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Dr Arthur Miller has been selected for this award due to his long service of over 15 years as an Associate Editor for Atmospheric Science Letters (ASL) and his consistent high quality and fast turnaround handling of manuscripts. He is an invaluable member of ASL's Editorial Board having expertise in a key area for which we receive many submissions.

We value how Art proactively attends Board meetings, especially given the time difference, and provides useful and informative views and opinions to make ASL an even better journal for all. The Editors of ASL would like to thank Art for everything he has done for ASL and hope his enthusiasm and dedication to ASL continues into the future.

Acceptance message

High-quality peer review of our research accomplishments is a cornerstone of our science.  So I considered it a great privilege to be invited by Prof. Keith Haines back in 1999 as a founding Associate Editor of the Royal Meteorological Society's first fully-online journal, Atmospheric Science Letters. Over the subsequent years, I learned a tremendous amount of meteorology, oceanography, and climate dynamics through the review process, as well as how to handle that challenges of the often tardy referees and the occasional testy authors. Being recognized now for serving the  prestigious RMS is a delightful honor for which I am very grateful to my esteemed colleagues.


Geoscience Data Journal Editor's Award

Dr Victoria Slonosky

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This award recognises Dr Victoria Slonosky's efforts as an Associate Editor of Geoscience Data Journal. Victoria has served on the Editorial Board since the journal’s inception. In that time, she has been a reliable and dedicated editor, providing valuable advice to two Editors-In-Chief, offering additional reviews if required, and taking great care of every manuscript under her charge regardless of her other commitments.

Her patient consideration and thorough approach to the editorial role has undoubtably improved the quality of our young data journal.

Acceptance message

It’s an honor to receive this award. It’s been a pleasure to work with Rob Allan and Linden Ashcroft as Editors in Chief, and with the Royal Meteorological Society, and Wiley on the Geoscience Data Journal over the years.

Data have always been at the heart of science. In the past decades we’ve seen just how important data have become, as data takes a prominent place in our society. My interest has been on observations and measurements of the natural world, and how we can turn these observations into usable information. It has been a privilege to work with so many scientists who share this commitment and passion to observe, analyse and share their data with the world.

Turning raw measurements or computer output into usable and sharable data is not a trivial task. Much of the tremendous amount of work behind data production has been largely hidden and perhaps underestimated and underappreciated before data journals, of which GDJ is a pioneer, became venues dedicated to issues of data. Data acquisition, management, durability, quality, reproducibility and usability are all issues which will only become more important in the future.

Editors depend on many people, but most especially on reviewers. I would like to thank the many people who have volunteered the generous donation of their time and expertise over the years. Their willingness to participate in the learning process of defining what the requirements of a data paper should be is what enables us able to publish GDJ. Thank you.'