A pioneering climate scientists was hit by a truck while cycling to work Monday and pronounced dead at the scene. Katherine Giles, 35, was a top researcher at the Center for Polar Observation and Modeling at University College London (UCL).
Giles, who often chose to gather her own measurements rather than rely on satellite data, had studied sea ice thickness and the effect of winds on the newly exposed Arctic Ocean. She was being considered as a possible successor to Seymour Laxon, the center's director, who died just three months prior after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
Tributes to Giles have poured in. "We are all left with a sense of the outrageous unfairness with which some of our best colleagues have been taken from us," Professor Philip Meredith, head of UCL's earth sciences department, said.