Jean Jouzel, winner of the 2012 Vetlesen Prize
Jean Jouzel, a paleoclimate scientist at the LSCE, the Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement (Climate and Environment Lab, CEA/CNRS/UVSQ), has won the 2012 Vetlesen Prize, awarded every four years since 1959 by the American Foundation of the same name.
This prestigious prize, considered to be the “Nobel Prize” for Earth and Universe Sciences, has been awarded to Jean Jouzel, the first ever French winner, for his work on polar ice and climate.
Jean Jouzel, age 65, has worked at the CEA since 1968 to obtain climate records using ice cores taken at the poles. Together with his colleagues, he has developed isotopic methods for extracting climate data from these ice cores. They have thus built up the longest climate record ever obtained using ice cores.
Published in 2007 in "Science", this record of past temperatures covers the last 800,000 years, in other words, eight climate cycles (successive glacial/interglacial periods).
In 1997, he received the Milankovitch Medal from the European Geophysical Society and, in 2003, the Roger Revelle medal from the American Geophysical Union. Jean Jouzel is a Officer in France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour. Jean Jouzel is also a member of the Steering Committee for the national debate on energy transition in France.