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2002-8 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2002

Three Scientists with Ties to NCAR Elected to the
National Academy of Sciences

David Hosansky
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BOULDER—Three scientists with close ties to the National Center for Atmospheric Research were elected on 30 April to the National Academy of Sciences, an independent group of researchers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. Members are selected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research.

NCAR senior scientist James McWilliams, who is also Louis B. Slichter Professor of Earth Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, is widely recognized for his study of the fluid dynamics of Earth's oceans and atmosphere. With Peter Gent of NCAR, McWilliams helped develop an algorithm (a mathematical problem-solving procedure) now used worldwide in most computer models of the ocean.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is known for his research on the effects of greenhouse gases. His expertise also includes the role of clouds and water vapor in regulating ocean temperatures and in the feedback of radiation in climate change. A former NCAR senior scientist, Ramanathan collaborates with NCAR scientists in several projects on interactions among aerosols (solid or liquid particles suspended in a gas), climate, and the water cycle.

Stephen Schneider (Stanford University), also a former senior scientist at NCAR and an ongoing collaborator, has done pioneering computer modeling work in the fields of atmospheric science and global climatology. Schneider continues to collaborate with NCAR in such areas as research on how agricultural systems adapt to climate change.

Election to membership in the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. On request, the academy advises the federal government on scientific and technical matters. There are currently 1,907 active members.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research under primary sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

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