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2000-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2000

NCAR Scientists Win National Awards for Climate Research and Fostering Diversity

David Hosansky
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BOULDER -- The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has selected Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) as the recipient of its prestigious Jule G. Charney Award for his analyses of the earth's climate system. Warren Washington was selected for the Charles Anderson Award for his efforts in fostering diversity in the atmospheric sciences. The AMS will present the awards at its 80th annual meeting on Wednesday, January 12, in Long Beach, California. NCAR's primary sponsor is the National Science Foundation.

Kevin Trenberth: The Jule G. Charney Award

The AMS cites Trenberth "for improving our understanding of the dynamics of the climate system through diagnostic analyses of its fundamental properties." Trenberth is head of NCAR's Climate Analysis Section and an expert in climate variability and climate change, including El Nino and global warming.

The annual Jule G. Charney Award recognizes "highly significant research or development achievement" in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. It was initiated at the society's 50th anniversary celebration in 1970. Past Charney awardees include Richard Anthes, now president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

Trenberth has been a key player in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a lead author for both the 1995 and 2000 IPCC scientific assessments. He edited the comprehensive text Climate System Modeling (1992) and has published over 280 scientific articles or papers, including 26 books or book chapters.

Trenberth is cochair of the International Scientific Steering Group for the World Climate Research Programmes Climate Variability and Predictability program and serves on the WCRP's Joint Scientific Committee. He has been active on several National Research Council panels, committees, and boards. He is a fellow of the AMS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an honorary fellow of the New Zealand Royal Society. He is listed in 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century.

Before coming to NCAR in 1984, Trenberth worked in the New Zealand Meteorological Service and then taught atmospheric science at the University of Illinois. He holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and a doctoral degree in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Warren Washington: The Charles Anderson Award

Washington is the first recipient of the AMS's Charles Anderson Award, which recognizes his "pioneering efforts as a mentor and [his] passionate support of individuals, educational programs, and outreach initiatives designed to foster a diverse population of atmospheric scientists."

The AMS established the Charles Anderson Award in 1999 to recognize individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to the promotion of educational outreach, educational service, and diversity in the atmospheric science community.

Washington is head of the Climate Change Research Section at NCAR. He received a Ph.D. in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1963--three years after Charles Anderson became the first African American to earn a doctorate in atmospheric science. Washington joined the NCAR staff as a research scientist upon completion of his doctorate.

Considered a pioneer in the development and use of computer models to study global climate, Washington has participated in major international efforts to assess the role of greenhouse gases in climate change. The Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations have all called upon his expertise as a scientific adviser. He is currently a presidential appointee to the National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation and provides scientific counsel to the executive branch and Congress.

Washington is a fellow and past president of the American Meteorological Society and a fellow and past board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His honors include the 1999 National Weather Service Modernization Award; the Le Verrier Medal of the Societe Meteorologique de France; induction into the National Academy of Sciences' Portrait Collection of African Americans in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; and the Exceptional Service Award for Atmospheric Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy's Biological and Environmental Research Program.

NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of more than 60 universities offering Ph.D.s in atmospheric and related sciences.

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See also:
Kevin Trenberth's home page
Warren Washington's home page

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