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2001-2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2001

Landmarks in Global Climate and Severe Weather Bring Accolades to Two NCAR Scientists

David Hosansky
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Stephanie Kenitzer
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ALBUQUERQUE -- Two of the highest honors of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) were presented today to two scientists who have illuminated the workings of a North Atlantic climate pattern and the global picture of hazardous weather. At the society's 81st annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 14-19, James Hurrell (National Center for Atmospheric Research) will accept the Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, and Richard Carbone (also of NCAR) will accept the Cleveland Abbe Award for Distinguished Service to Atmospheric Sciences by an Individual. Also, NCAR's Rod Frehlich is receiving one of the AMS Editor's Awards for 2001.

James Hurrell: The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award

Each year this honor is presented to an outstanding young scientist whose work deals at least partly with the earth's total atmosphere (as opposed to the near-surface air alone) and involves atmospheric motion on all scales, studied through observation, theory, and modeling. Hurrell earned the Meisinger Award for "his authoritative, lucid, and elegant analysis of the North Atlantic Oscillation and of recent measurements of tropospheric temperature trends."

Hurrell's research interests include analysis and diagnosis of climate variability and human-induced climate change. He has written extensively on the North Atlantic Oscillation, a see-saw in atmospheric pressure that affects weather patterns across Europe and the northeastern United States. Hurrell has also worked with colleagues to reconcile the disagreement in global temperatures as measured by surface stations and by satellites over the past two decades. He has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments and is actively involved in an international research program on Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR). Hurrell completed his bachelor's degree in mathematics and earth science at the University of Indianapolis and his master's and doctoral degrees in atmospheric science at Purdue University. The author or coauthor of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, Hurrell has been at NCAR since 1990 and received the NCAR Outstanding Publication Award in 1997.

Richard Carbone: The Cleveland Abbe Award

This honor is presented for distinguished service furthering the atmospheric sciences or their application to general, social, economic, or humanitarian welfare. Carbone, who has been with NCAR since 1976, received the award "for building consensus in the weather research community on problems of major national and international importance, and for fostering the conduct of collaborative and coordinated weather research." Carbone was a pioneer in the creation of advanced atmospheric observing systems and has made major contributions to the understanding of stormy weather. As lead scientist (1994-99) for the U.S. Weather Research Program, Carbone led the U.S. efforts to improve prediction of disruptive weather and to understand weather impacts. He also developed and currently leads the World Weather Research Programme, aimed at improving prediction of and societal response to high-impact weather. Carbone's most recent work includes the search for broad-scale connections among thunderstorms to help better predict the multiday rainfall episodes that drench the heartland of North America each summer.

Carbone received his bachelor's degree in meteorology and oceanography at New York University and completed his master's degree at the University of Chicago. He has written more than 100 journal papers, articles, and books on a wide array of topics.

Rod Frehlich: The Editor's Award

Rod Frehlich received the Editor's Award for exceptional efforts as a scientific reviewer for the Journal of Applied Meteorology, one of nine AMS journals. An NCAR scientist since 1995, Frehlich develops lidar- and radar-based techniques for detecting severe turbulence that affects commercial aircraft. (Lidar is a weather sensor that uses laser beams to track air motions.) Following undergraduate study at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Frehlich earned his doctorate in applied physics at the University of California in San Diego.

AMS Fellows

Also in Albuquerque, several UCAR and NCAR staff members were inducted as new AMS Fellows. These include NCAR senior scientists Richard Katz, Tom Wigley, and James Wilson, as well as the directors of two UCAR programs: David Fulker (Unidata) and Timothy Spangler (Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training).

Founded in 1919, the 11,000-member AMS promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. 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. NCAR's primary sponsor is the National Science Foundation.

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James Hurrell.

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Richard Carbone.

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Writer: Bob Henson

Visuals: Photos of James Hurrell and Richard Carbone are available at ftp://ftp.ucar.edu/communications. Filenames: hurrell.tif, carbone.tif.

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