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2000-6 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2000

More NCAR Scientists Win National Recognition from American Meteorological Society

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BOULDER -- The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has honored scientist Gerald Meehl of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) with its Editor's Award to recognize Meehl's outstanding reviews for the Journal of Climate, an AMS publication. The society also recognized a team of scientists at NCAR and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction with a Special Award for the NCEP-NCAR Reanalysis Project. The awards were presented at the 80th annual meeting of the AMS in Long Beach, California, last week.

Gerald Meehl: Editor's Award

The AMS cites Meehl "for consistently comprehensive, insightful, and constructive reviews on a range of climate issues." The Editor's Award recognizes the efforts of outstanding scientific reviewers to assure the accuracy and lucidity of scientific writing in the society's journals. Meehl is a research scientist in the Climate and Global Dynamics division of NCAR.

Meehl is a specialist in tropical climate variability and projections of future climate. He plays a key role on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, serving as lead author for both the 1995 and 2000 assessments. He has published over 100 scientific articles or papers. Meehl has been active in the World Climate Research Program's Steering Group on Global Climate Modeling and its Working Group on Coupled Models, the National Research Council's Panel on Climate Observing Systems Status, and several other national and international scientific advisory committees. He is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

NCEP-NCAR Reanalysis Project: Special Award

The AMS award cites the project for designing and producing the reanalysis of a data set that is physically consistent, covers several decades, and "has opened substantial new opportunities for climate diagnostics."

The NCEP-NCAR Reanalysis Project began in 1989 with the goal of building a data set going back to the 1940s that would be useful despite all the changes in data collection brought about by improvements in methods and technology in succeeding years. NCAR's comprehensive archive of atmospheric and surface data formed the core of the data set. The reanalysis covering 1957 to 1996 was completed in October 1997. The years 1948 to 1957 presented even more challenges due to shifts in observation times and limited observation coverage. When that decade was completed in the first half of 1998, the data set covered more than 50 years.

In 1997 the Reanalysis Project was honored with the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal.

The data set is distributed at little or no cost to researchers as widely as possible through magnetic tape, CD-ROM, and the Internet. NCAR's Data Support Section is the main distributor of tapes and CD-ROMs. The NCEP- NCAR Reanalysis Project was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. NSF is NCAR's primary sponsor.

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.

Gerald Meehl

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See also:
Gerald Meehl's home page
NCEP-NCAR Reanalysis Project

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