2020 A.G. Huntsman Award is presented to John Charles Marshall in
recognition of his extraordinary ability to combine physical reasoning
with analytical and numerical investigations which have led to major
contributions in many areas of physical oceanography, the interaction of
the ocean with the atmosphere, and the role of the ocean in climate.
Marshall's work has greatly expanded our capability to understand and
predict ocean processes and variability, and their role in the climate
system, for example, one of his major contributions is a better
understanding of the ocean’s overturning circulation. A pioneer in
developing and applying numerical ocean models, Prof. Marshall has made
essential contributions to understanding and parameterizing ocean
processes in numerical models of ocean circulation and in coupled climate
models, which are extremely important tools in international efforts to
project future climate. The MITgcm, a widely used general ocean
circulation model, was developed under his leadership and is the gold
standard of community ocean models.
Marshall is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in
the USA. He has broad interests in climate and the general circulation of
the atmosphere and oceans. His research is directed at understanding the
cause of the general circulation of the oceans, its interaction with the
atmosphere and its role in the global climate and climate change.