The AGU is recognizing Klein's research "elucidating the role of clouds in climate change and the fidelity with which climate models simulate clouds." As a specialist in climate simulation models and cloud behavior, Klein has been a lead author or co-author on more than 65 peer-reviewed publications.
Only three others won the Ascent Prize alongside Klein. The award, consisting of a $1,000 prize and a banquet ceremony, will be present to Klein in San Francisco at AGU's annual fall meeting.
The Ascent Award was created this year to highlight and congratulate outstanding mid-career scientists in atmospheric and climate sciences. Scientists record their excellence in research and leadership via an application process including nomination, curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendation.
The 93 year-old AGU's goal is "to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity."
Klein will receive the award at the AGU meeting in December.