Following an international search, Guy Brasseur has been tapped to serve as an NCAR associate director and the first permanent head of the Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory. Annick Pouquet will continue to serve as acting associate director for ESSL until Brasseur's arrival in January. ESSL comprises four NCAR divisions as well as The Institute for Multidisciplinary Earth Studies.
Currently director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Brasseur headed NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division from 1990 to 2000 and continued thereafter as an NCAR senior scientist and senior research associate within the Advanced Study Program. A native of Belgium, Brasseur holds two engineering degrees and a doctorate in aeronomy from the Free University of Brussels, where his Ph.D. dissertation dealt with the effects of nitrogen oxides on stratospheric ozone. He completed his postdoctoral work at the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, where he worked on advanced models of photochemistry and chemical transport in the middle atmosphere.
Between 1977 and 1981, Brasseur switched gears, serving as an elected member of the Belgian House of Representatives and as a delegate to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, France and the Western European Union in Paris.
Brasseur's community leadership posts have included serving as editor in chief of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres and as chair of the International Atmospheric Chemistry Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. He now chairs the IGBP's Scientific Committee, which promotes Earth system science at the international level, with particular focus on the developing world. Brasseur is also a past president of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.
"I've been privileged to lead the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology for six years," says Brasseur. "It's great to return to NCAR now, because this center is in a unique position to develop an interdisciplinary and integrative research program focusing on Earth system science."