DOST-NRCP mourns passing of multi-awarded researcher Dr. Gemma Teresa Narisma

Published March 7, 2021, 10:17 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) has mourned the passing of one of its outstanding members, Dr. Gemma Teresa Narisma.

In a Facebook post, the DOST-NRCP extended sympathies to the bereaved family of Narisma.

(Photo via Charissa Luci-Atienza)

“Buong pusong pagpupugay at pagkilala sa kanyang natatanging kontribusyon sa larangan ng siyensya at pagtuklas, sa propesyong napili at lalong lalo na sa bayan (We wholeheartedly pay tribute and recognize her outstanding contribution to the field of science and discovery, to her chosen profession and most especially to the nation) ,” the post read.

In 2012, Narisma was named as the The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Outstanding Young Scientist in Atmospheric Science. A year after, she received the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) award.

In March 2018, she was the recipient of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Achievement Award in Earth and Space Sciences. In the same year, Narisma was appointed as the Philippines’ lead person for the (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) field campaign for aerosols and monsoons in the Philippines.

The DOST-NCRP noted Narisma was recognized for her outstanding contributions to studies on weather and climate change, particularly well-cited researches on land cover change impacts on climate.

She was involved in the establishment of the Southeast Asian Regional Climate Initiative that paved the way for the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment for Southeast Asia, the Council said.

She worked with local stakeholders and local government units (LGUs) in research projects that are inter and multidisciplinary in nature focusing on the integrated analysis of climate change impacts and disaster risk assessments, it said.

She was actively engaged in international linkages having worked with scientists in international institutions, including the Japan Meteorological Research Institute and the US Naval Research Laboratory for the development of the country’s climate and disaster science, it added.