UCAR Annual Meetings - 8 - 11 October 2007, Boulder, CO

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California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology has been a member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research since 1971.  There are currently 10 faculty members actively involved in research and teaching related to Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences:  6 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, and 3 Assistant Professors. They are distributed across the Division of Environmental Science and Engineering and the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.  

There is no explicit program in atmospheric or oceanic sciences at Cal Tech.  However, in the past 5 years Cal Tech faculty have published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed literature in atmospheric sciences and related fields and 48 Ph.D.s have been completed by candidates working with these 10 faculty members.  Research facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories for atmospheric chemistry and chemical oceanography and a new supercomputer for developing dynamical models.

Cal Tech faculty have been active in UCAR activities, including participation in governance committees, NCAR field campaigns, workshops, and other collaborations with NCAR scientists.

The UCAR Membership Committee concludes that membership criterion 2, progress in atmospheric sciences, and criterion 3, participation in the activities of UCAR, are clearly fulfilled.   Criterion 1, “Has made a definitive, substantial, and continuing commitment to a full, coherent, and integrated program of course studies and dissertation research leading to the doctorate in one or more of the atmospheric sciences or related fields”, is considered fulfilled in a broad interpretation. 

The Membership Committee recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of the California Institute of Technology be continued as provided in the bylaws.