UCAR statement on nomination of Neil Jacobs to head NOAA

Jacobs has needed expertise to improve US forecasting capabilities

Dec 18, 2019 - by David Hosansky

BOULDER, Colo. — The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) congratulates Neil Jacobs on his nomination as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Jacobs has served as acting administrator of NOAA since 2018. He provided visionary support for the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC), a landmark initiative to coordinate efforts by NOAA, academic scientists, and private weather companies to ensure that U.S. forecasting models draw on the latest research advances.

"At a time when the United States is rightfully focused on closing the forecasting gap with our overseas competitors, Neil has the necessary expertise to restore the nation’s preeminence in weather prediction,”  said UCAR President Antonio Busalacchi. “His vision for EPIC, which Congress recently endorsed, is sorely needed to move research advances into forecasting models. Americans must be able to rely on forecasts that are as accurate and timely as possible, and on behalf of our 120 member universities, I very much look forward to working with Neil on this critical priority."

Prior to joining NOAA, Jacobs was chief scientist at Panasonic Avionics. He holds a Ph.D. in meteorology from North Carolina State University.

In addition to running the National Weather Service, NOAA engages in weather and climate research and operates weather satellites and a national environmental data center. The agency also works to better understand and protect the nation's coasts, oceans, and fisheries.


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