SUNY ORANGE PROFESSOR WINS AWARD FOR AUTHORSHIP

7/7/2011

Engineering Professor John Wolbeck Contributed to Winning Paper on Land-Based Ecosystems and the Climate

PHOTO: John WolbeckMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange engineering professor John Wolbeck has received international recognition for his contributions toward a research paper that examines relationships between climate and the carbon exchange of land-based ecosystems to predict future levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Wolbeck, who is interim chair of SUNY Orange’s Science, Engineering and Architecture Department, was the fourth author on a paper entitled “Climate Control of Terrestrial Carbon Exchange Across Biomes and Continents” that received the Norbert Gerbier-MUMMM International Award as presented by the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO is an agency of the United Nations The paper was printed in “Environmental Research Letters” in 2010 (Volume 5).

Wolbeck was among 151 authors worldwide--many of whom were included due to their earlier research being cited within the article--who contributed to the paper. The authors hailed from 116 academic institutions on six continents. For his part, Wolbeck developed a ‘segregation formula’ that was able to predict which climate monitoring stations were dryness-limited, which were season-limited, and which were both.

“When you write research papers like this one, you hope that someone--anyone--will read it. The fact that it was read by so many and then recognized by the United Nations; this is absolutely incredible,” Wolbeck said.

Wolbeck recently concluded his 18th year as a faculty member at SUNY Orange. He graduated from the College in 1983 before earning his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo and his master’s degree from Manhattan College.

The purpose of the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award is to encourage and reward annually an original scientific paper on the influence of meteorology in a particular field of the physical, natural or human sciences, or on the influence of one of these sciences on meteorology. The award aims at stimulating interest in such research, in support of WMO programs.

The award is presented annually and consists of a medal bearing a likeness of the late Norbert Gerbier and a prize of a total of €7,600. Gerbier had served as president of the WMO’s Commission for Agricultural Meteorology.

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