Princeton Researcher Venkatramani Balaji Chosen For French Climate Science Program

Princeton University researcher Venkatramani Balaji was chosen among 18 recipients to participate in French President Emmanuel Macron's climate science program. The Indian American heads the Modeling Systems Group at Princeton's program in atmospheric and oceanic sciences.

Venkatramani Balaji, a researcher at Princeton University, was among 18 researchers chosen to take part in French President Emmanuel Macron's climate science program.

Balaji heads the Modeling Systems Group at Princeton's program in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, a collaboration between the university and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Additionally, the Indian American serves as an associate faculty member at the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering.

After Macron’s invitation, France’s National Centre for Scientific Research selected 11 men and seven women from six countries for the project to investigate a range of climate-related issues, including agriculture and food security, ocean-atmosphere interactions and renewable energy, the university said in a news release.

The researchers have received grants of up to $1.7 million to set up labs for three to five years at scientific institutions across France, it said.

Balaji’s project, known as Project Hermès (High-Resolution Modeling of the Earth System), includes creating very high-resolution simulations — at the limit of today’s computing technology — of key processes in the atmosphere and oceans, Princeton said.

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