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EGU news ESA and EGU announce winners of the 2023 Earth Observation Excellence Awards

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ESA and EGU announce winners of the 2023 Earth Observation Excellence Awards

28 March 2023

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) are excited to announce the winners of the 2023 ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Awards.

In late 2020, ESA and EGU opened a competition for two awards in Earth observation excellence. These are aimed at researchers in the early phases of their career who have made an outstanding contribution to the innovative use of Earth observation data primarily from European satellites. Two types of awards were advertised: a team and an individual award.

ESA and EGU are delighted to announce that Susanna Ebmeier from the University of Leeds in the UK, is the winner of the 2023 individual award, for her work developing new methods measuring the change in topography at volcanoes caused by the effusion of lavas using both radar phase and amplitude, and how these data can be used to help better interpret global and regional datasets of volcanic deformation to assist with volcanic hazard monitoring.

The winner of the 2023 team award is the Global Glacier Mass Continuity project, for their work measuring and analysing glacier thickness changes, using satellite laser and radar altimetry, satellite optical stereo, and other digital elevation models; with unprecedented accuracy. The team, consisting of Désirée Treichler, Solveig H. Winsvold, Bas Altena, Luc Girod, and led by Andreas Kääb combined both glacier volume changes and glacier flow to better understand how glaciers are responding to climate change.

The awards will be presented during a special EGU General Assembly 2023 prize ceremony, which will be held on 25 April. For a full report including the other finalists, visit the ESA Earth Observation website.