View of central Sahara from the NERC instrumented BAe-146 aircraft

Alex Henry (Keble College) is to be awarded the Royal Geographical Society's prestigious Alfred Steers prize for the 'undergraduate dissertation judged to be the best in 2016'.

Alex's research was on a specific type of wind proven to be critical in the formation of large dust outbreaks in the central Sahara known as low level jets. Alex used observations from the NERC instrumented BAe-146 aircraft from the 'Fennec' Saharan Climate System campaign.

Professor Richard Washington, who led Fennec, said "It has been about 10 years since the prize was awarded to an Oxford student - we are delighted with the recognition. The data set that Alex analysed is very tricky to deal with as latitude, longitude, time and often height are all changing from one observation to the next. Alex did a remarkable job in charactertising the jet structures from these observations for the first time ever."

The Award will be presented by the RGS's President, Nicholas Crane, at the Society's Medals and Awards celebration on Monday 5 June 2017.