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1997-8 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 1997

NCAR Scientist Receives 1997 AMS Meisinger Award

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March 5, 1997
BOULDER--Chin-Hoh Moeng, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, has received the 1997 Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, one of the highest honors granted by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The award is presented each year to an individual whose research achievement "is at least in part aerological [pertaining to all levels of the atmosphere] in character and concerns the observation, theory, and modeling of atmospheric motion on all scales." The award was announced at the banquet of the 77th annual AMS meeting, held in Long Beach, California, in February.

A senior scientist since 1995, Moeng joined NCAR in 1982. Her research has focused on understanding turbulent transport and other physical processes in the planetary boundary layer (the atmosphere's lowest kilometer) and on developing representations of these boundary layers for use in computer models. She is the primary creator of an NCAR-based model that simulates the large-scale eddies responsible for much of the atmosphere's turbulence. Her work has led to better understanding of the formation and breakup of stratocumulus clouds, which are among the most common clouds over the open ocean. Moeng was cited by the AMS "for application of large-eddy simulation for increased understanding of turbulence and boundary layer clouds."

Moeng received her bachelor's degree in atmospheric physics from Taiwan's National Central University in 1972, her master's in meteorology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1974, and her Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979. She has served on many Ph.D. thesis committees and was a visiting lecturer at Colorado State University in 1994.

Moeng has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles. She received the 1989 NCAR Outstanding Publication Award and the 1993 AMS Editor's Award of the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences. NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

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