UCAR statement on Uccellini candidacy for WMO president

The National Weather Service director has needed skills, dedication

Feb 28, 2019 - by Staff

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) today announced its support of Louis W. Uccellini, a candidate for president of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Uccellini is the assistant administrator for weather services at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the director of NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS). He also serves as the U.S. permanent representative to the WMO.

"With his inclusive leadership style and unparalleled understanding of the global weather enterprise, Louis Uccellini would be a tremendous asset to the WMO," said UCAR President Antonio Busalacchi. "He has the necessary skill and dedication to advance predictive capabilities worldwide in ways that will save lives and property, sustain economic prosperity, and safeguard vulnerable communities from the growing risk of extreme natural events."

As director of the National Weather Service, Uccellini is responsible for day-to-day civilian weather operations for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters, and ocean areas.

Uccellini has served on many national and international field experiments and research programs. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his research and operational achievements. He holds a Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

UCAR is a nonprofit consortium of 117 colleges and universities focused on research and training in the Earth system sciences.

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