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University of Tokyo professor Ayako Abe has won the prestigious Saruhashi Award, which honors female scientists for extraordinary contributions to natural science, for her research into climate change and global warming models.

Abe, 49, who specializes in climate change modeling at the university’s Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, was commended for her accurate projections of the world’s shrinking ice sheets, a factor widely attributed to rising global temperatures that many fear will have a catastrophic impact on sea levels.

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