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2002-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2002

American Meteorological Society Honors NCAR Scientist

David Hosansky
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Stephanie Kenitzer, AMS

ORLANDO—Roland Madden, a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, has won the 2002 Jule G. Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation's leading professional society for scientists in the atmospheric and related sciences.

The award, "for pioneering investigations of atmospheric predictability, global waves, and the intraseasonal oscillation" will be presented on January 16 at the Society's 82nd annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Madden is a codiscoverer of the Madden-Julian Oscillation, a 30- to 50-day seesaw of easterly winds and pressure in the equatorial regions of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. The Madden-Julian Oscillation affects weather from eastern Africa to the central Pacific and may play a role in triggering El Niño episodes.

The Charney Award is given to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. The award was established in 1969 during the 50th anniversary of the society and was originally called the "Second Half-Century Award." In 1982 it was renamed in honor of Jule Charney, who played a major role in establishing the theoretical framework on which numerical weather prediction is based.

Madden is well-known for his work in the field of tropical meteorology, long-range predictability, and large-scale traveling waves. He began his career as a weather forecaster in the U.S. Air Force and joined NCAR in 1967 as a research scientist. A native of Chicago and graduate of Loyola University, Madden earned his master’s degree in geophysical science at the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. at Colorado State University. Madden is a fellow of the AMS and has won several awards for his work. He is also active on a number of commissions studying climate change and the upper atmosphere.

The AMS, founded in 1919, promotes the development and dissemination of information on atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. The society publishes nine well-respected scientific journals, sponsors scientific conferences, and supports public education programs across the country. Additional information on the AMS, the annual meeting, and other award winners is available on the Internet at http://www.ametsoc.org/ams.

NCAR is a national research facility managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) under primary sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. The center conducts wide-ranging research in chemistry, climate, weather, and solar-terrestrial interactions. It provides UCAR's 66 member universities and other affiliates with instrumentation, aircraft, and computer technology to advance the study of the earth's atmosphere.

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