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NCAR scientists, UCAR program honored by AGU and AMS

Four NCAR scientists and the GLOBE Program are recognized for contributions to Earth system science

Dec 13, 2021 - by Laura Snider

Four scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are being honored with awards by two prominent organizations in Earth system science: the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The four NCAR scientists — Clara Deser, Andrew Heymsfield, Everette Joseph, and Isla Simpson — are being recognized for landmark research into the atmosphere and climate system.

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is also receiving the Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education award from AGU. GLOBE is a community program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

“I want to congratulate this year’s awardees for their essential work in Earth system science, and I am very pleased to see them recognized in this regard,” said UCAR President Antonio J. Busalacchi. “NCAR’s legacy of recognition from both AGU and AMS speaks to the quality of our research and its importance to furthering science that is vitally important to society. I am also pleased to see the GLOBE program, which has provided enriching educational opportunities for over 25 years, being honored for its excellence.”

Deser and GLOBE will be recognized at the AGU Fall Meeting this week, while the other three scientists will be recognized at the AMS Annual Meeting next month.

UCAR manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additionally, UCAR supports seven community programs, including GLOBE’s Implementation Office. GLOBE is sponsored by NASA.

Honorees

Clara Deser

Clara Deser: Roger Revelle Medal, American Geophysical Union 

Clara Deser is a senior scientist at NCAR, and she studies global climate variability and climate change with an emphasis on interactions among the atmosphere, ocean, and sea ice. Deser is being honored this year with the Roger Revelle Medal, which is given annually by AGU to recognize outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate or related aspects of the Earth system.

Andy HeymsfieldAndrew Heymsfield: Fellow, American Meteorological Society 

NCAR senior scientist Andy Heymsfield is interested in ice phases in clouds, including the conditions under which ice crystals, snow, and hail form, and their impacts. Most recently, Heymsfield led a field campaign this summer to study ice production in cumulus clouds using instruments onboard the NSF/NCAR G-V research aircraft. Heymsfield has been elected an AMS fellow, a distinction recognizing scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years. 

Everette JosephEverette Joseph: Fellow, American Meteorological Society

Everette Joseph is the director of NCAR. His leadership is focused on ensuring that NCAR continues to serve society by working with its partners to address the great environmental challenges of our age, including a changing climate, severe weather, wildfires, and more. Prior to leading NCAR, Joseph served as the director of the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. Joseph has been elected a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, a distinction recognizing scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years.

Isla SimpsonIsla Simpson: The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award and The Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecture, both from the American Meteorological Society 

NCAR scientist Isla Simpson studies large-scale atmospheric circulation, how it varies, its impact on regional climate, and our ability to accurately represent these processes in global climate models. Simpson is honored this year with two prestigious AMS awards: the Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecture and the Clarence Leroy Meisinger Awards. Both awards cite Simpson’s work on improving our fundamental understanding of how the troposphere (the atmospheric layer closest to the surface of the Earth) and the higher stratosphere interact with each other, the role that interaction plays in the climate we experience, and the possible impacts of climate change. 

GLOBE logoGLOBE: Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education Award, American Geophysical Union

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program provides opportunities for people around the world to learn how to document and share useful information about their local environment with scientists. Launched on Earth Day in 1995, GLOBE connects scientists, teachers and students in 126 countries with hands-on scientific activities. GLOBE is being recognized with the Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education Award, which honors an individual, group, or team committed to promoting excellent geophysical education.

 

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