One of the scientific world's most respected environmental prizes

Prize-winner uses satellites to reveal human impact

The 2014 winner of the Volvo Environment Prize, Professor Eric Lambin, is a remote sensing pioneer using advanced data and satellite images to understand the influence of humans on the planet.

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Satellite Images as a Tool for Sustainability

The purpose of the research of the 2014 laureate Eric Lambin is to better monitor environmental impacts from human activities.

Prize-winner uses satellites to reveal human impact

The 2014 winner of the Volvo Environment Prize, Professor Eric Lambin, is a remote sensing pioneer using advanced data and satellite images to understand the influence of humans on the planet.

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Satellite Images as a Tool for Sustainability

The purpose of the research of the 2014 laureate Eric Lambin is to better monitor environmental impacts from human activities.

The laureates - Year by year

Laureates 1990

John V. Krutilla, Allen V. Kneese

"Environmental and resource economics."
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Laureate 1991

Paul Crutzen

"Major research projects in atmospheric chemistry."
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Laureates 1992

Norman Myers, Peter H. Raven

"Biodiversity, particularly in tropical regions."
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Laureates 1993

Paul R. Ehrlich, John P. Holdren

"Understanding of population and resources."
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Laureate 1994

Gita Sen

"Poverty and environment‚ the role of women."
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Laureate 1995

Gilbert F. White

"Natural resource planning."
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Laureate 1996

James E. Lovelock

"New sensitive measurement techniques."
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Laureates 1997

Syukoro Manabe, Veerabhadran Ramanathan

"Climate modelling and climate change."
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Laureates 1998

Malin Falkenmark, David Schindler

"Availability and quality of freshwater."
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Laureate 1999

Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan

"Agriculture and resource conservation to eradicate poverty."
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Laureates 2000

José Goldemberg, Amulya K N Reddy, Robert H.Williams, Thomas B Johansson

"Environmentally sound solutions to global energy needs."
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Laureate 2001

George M.Woodwell

"Ecosystem research and public policy development."
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Laureates 2002

Partha Dasgupta, Karl-Göran Mäler

"Property rights, poverty, and economic development."
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Laureates 2003

Madhav Gadgil , Mohammad Yunus

"True and worthy scientists of the poor."
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Laureates 2004

David Satterthwaite, Jaime Lerner, Luisa Molina, Mario Molina

"Outstanding work on three linked urbanization themes."
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Laureates 2005

Kalin Arroyo, Aila Keto

"Understanding of the importance of conservation."
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Laureates 2006

Raymond Hilborn, Daniel Pauly, Carl Walters

"Human impacts on global ocean environments"
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Laureate 2007

Amory B. Lovins

"For his outstanding achievements in the field of energy efficiency."
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Laureate 2008

Crawford "Buzz" Holling

"The Volvo Environment Foundation takes great pleasure in awarding its 2008 environment prize to Crawford "Buzz" Holling, one of ecology's great integrative thinkers for his pioneering lifetime work on ecosystem dynamics, transformation and resilience, and adaptive management."
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Laureate 2009

Susan Solomon

"Dr Solomon was one of the first scientists to take seriously reports in the 1980s of deterioration of the planet's ozone layer."
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Laureate 2010

Harold A Mooney

"Professor Mooney is a leading voice in the biology of global change, and has been widely recognized for scientific excellence and outstanding accomplishment."
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Laureate 2011

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

"One of the most exciting, relevant and rapidly growing areas of environmental research is Earth System science."
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Laureate 2012

Gretchen Daily

"A remarkable scientist with profound impact on policy and practice"
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Laureate 2013

Qin Dahe

"Throughout his very distinguished career, Dr. Qin DAHE has made outstanding contributions to the scientific understanding of the climate, both in his own country of China and at the global level."
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Laureate 2014

Eric Lambin

“He has advanced the global understanding of land use change and what it means for human wellbeing".
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About the prize

The Volvo Environment Prize ...

... is awarded for: "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries, which in broad terms fall within the environmental field."

Since its inception in 1990 the Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental awards.

The Prize is awarded by an independent foundation, instituted in 1988. A Scientific Committee does the initial screening and evaluation of candidates. The International Prize Jury, a group of internationally renowned scientists, makes the final selection of laureate or laureates.

Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives.

The Volvo Environment Prize is awarded annually. The Prize consists of a hand-crafted diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award of SEK 1.5 million (approximately EUR 165,000 or USD 215,000). The award ceremony is in Stockholm in November.