Dr. Christian Braneon Receives AXA Award for Climate Science
Dr. Christian Braneon, who works for SciSpace LLC at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York City, is one of four winners of the AXA Award for Climate Science.
Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
The mission of the Research Fund of AXA, a global insurance company, is to support outstanding researchers committed to contributing to global societal challenges related to Life & Health, Data & Technology, Climate & Environment and Economics. He is the only U.S. winner in the Climate Science category.
The award was given in recognition of the four winners’ contribution to the understanding of climate change and related adaptation strategies. Dr. Braneon’s award was specifically for his contribution to understanding climate change impacts on urban, agriculture and natural systems as well as climate justice.
“My research and professional practice focus on climate variability, climate adaptation and their intersection with environmental justice,” Braneon said. “I use systems approaches to assess climate change impacts on urban, agricultural, and natural environments. I chose this field of research because climate change is likely to exacerbate existing inequality.”
In January 2021, the AXA Research Fund issued a call for nominations that resulted in four outstanding scientists selected by the Fund’s independent Scientific Board. The four Awardees are respectively working on advancing the understanding of climate evolution, informing the predictability of occurrence and impact of extreme weather events such as heat waves and storms, describing and mitigating the effects of climate change on inequalities, and promoting more resilient and fairer societies that are better prepared to face future global changes.