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August 2001

Two NCAR researchers were appointed senior scientists at the July meeting of the UCAR Board of Trustees. Chosen to provide the center with long-term scientific leadership, senior scientists are selected on the basis of individual competence in research and in other activities that enhance NCAR's interaction with scientists elsewhere. The position is analogous to that of full professor at a tenure-granting university.

Anne Smith. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Anne Smith leads the global modeling project in ACD while continuing a longstanding interest in analysis of global satellite data. She did her undergraduate work in physics at the University of Washington and then completed her Ph.D. there in geophysics. As an ASP postdoc from 1982 to 1984, Anne worked with the satellite group in ACD, using data from the Limb Infrared Monitor of the Stratosphere (LIMS) to investigate the mean circulation and planetary waves. She continued that work at the NOAA/CU Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and went on to research positions at the University of Michigan's Space Physics Research Laboratory. At Michigan, Anne's interests expanded to modeling the chemistry and dynamics of the middle atmosphere, while her work with satellite data led to assisting with mission planning for the High Resolution Doppler Imager (HRDI), a wind-measuring instrument launched in 1991 on UARS, the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite. In 1992 she returned to ACD as a staff scientist.

Anne's recent work includes expanding the capabilities of the three-dimensional chemical model called ROSE (for the late Klaus Rose, one of its original developers) to more realistically represent dynamical and physical processes and to include the lower thermosphere. She's brought her observational and modeling interests together in work on the eight-hour tide, relating data from HRDI to simulations in ROSE. Anne has collaborated with long- time colleague Guy Brasseur (now at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology) and others on the development of SOCRATES (Simulation of Chemistry, Radiation, and Transport of Environmentally Important Species), a two-dimensional model of the middle atmosphere that has just been made available to the research community. She helped plan the American Geophysical Union's 1999 Chapman Conference on Atmospheric Science across the Stratopause and has served on the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Committee on the Middle Atmosphere. She has also served on the Working Group on Modeling the Middle Atmosphere of the International Commission on the Meteorology of the Upper Atmosphere. Anne has been a member since 1993 of the Science Working Group of ten principal investigators for TIMED (Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere, Energetics and Dynamics), the satellite slated for launch later this year (watch Staff Notes Monthly later this fall for more on NCAR's extensive involvement in TIMED).

Jerry Meehl. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Jerry Meehl has been a lead author or contributor in Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for each of the major IPCC assessments over the last decade. At NCAR he co-chairs the Climate Change and Assessment Working Group for the Climate System Model. Jerry's research focuses on the analysis and interpretation of results from experiments with global climate models as well as from observed global climate data. Part of that work includes relating observed results to characteristics of the model simulations. He has carried out extensive study of the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans and the climate mechanisms active there, including the El Niño/Southern Oscillation and the Indian monsoon.

Jerry's first job at NCAR was in his undergraduate days at the University of Colorado, when he was a student assistant in what was then the Atmospheric Analysis and Prediction Division. His work at NCAR continued as he earned a master's and then a Ph.D. (1987) in climate dynamics from CU. He participated early in his career in field campaigns that brought him first to the South Pacific and New Zealand for the Tropical Wind, Energetics and Reference Level Experiment (TWERLE) and then to Malaysia and Nepal for the Monsoon Experiment (MONEX). He then joined CGD as a member of the Effects of Anthropogenic CO2 on Climate Project in 1979. Several roles over the last decade in the Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere Program Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment (TOGA COARE) have kept Jerry's hand in fieldwork. His service reviewing articles on a range of climate issues for the AMS Journal of Climate earned him its Editor's Award in 1999. Jerry's work with the World Climate Research Program includes membership since 1990 in the Working Group on Coupled Models (which began as the Steering Group on Global Climate Modeling). He's also been active in the WCRP's Climate Variability and Predictability Working Group (CLIVAR) for several years, including chairing its Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Panel since 1995.

In addition, six NCAR researchers are being promoted to the Scientist III level. They are Steve Cohn (ATD), Bill Collins (CGD), Wen-Chau Lee (ATD), Gang Lu (HAO), Stan Solomon (HAO), and XueXi Tie (ACD).

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