Seven NCAR Scientists Named AMS Fellows

October 29, 2015 – Seven scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have been elected Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for making outstanding contributions to the atmospheric sciences or related fields for a substantial period of time.

“Such recognition highlights the invaluable research contributions by these scientists,” said NCAR Director James Hurrell. “Their work is leading to new understanding of some of the most pressing problems in Sun-Earth system science, which is helping to make our society more resilient.”

The seven honorees are among 29 experts nationwide selected as fellows this year by the AMS, which has more than 13,000 members. They will be recognized at a ceremony in January at the AMS annual meeting in New Orleans.

NCAR’s new AMS Fellows are:

  • Jeffrey Anderson, a senior scientist who has worked for more than two decades to improve predictions of Earth’s climate system. He is an expert in ensemble data assimilation, a technique that is used to combine observations with computer models in order to make forecasts and improve both models and observing systems.

  • Christopher Davis, director of NCAR’s Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Lab and an expert in hurricanes and other cyclones. His work focuses on using computer simulations and detailed observations to better understand and predict hurricanes and other mesoscale (intermediate-size) weather systems.

  • Rolando Garcia, a senior scientist who specializes in the middle and upper atmosphere. His work has advanced understanding of the ozone layer, the influence of higher regions of the atmosphere on global climate, and atmospheric waves that propagate from just above Earth’s surface to the upper atmosphere.

  • James Moore, a veteran project manager who has managed some of the most significant atmospheric science field projects of recent decades to better understand weather and climate. He is helping develop a new airborne phased-array radar that will take unprecedented measurements of storms, leading to improved predictions of dangerous rain and snow events.

  • Bette Otto-Bliesner, deputy director of NCAR’s climate lab and a specialist in using computer-based models of Earth’s climate system to study past environmental change. One of the world’s top climate modelers, she has contributed as a lead author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Chris Snyder, a senior scientist who leads NCAR’s Data Assimilation Program. He has contributed to ensemble data assimilation, improvements in the prediction of severe weather, understanding of winter storms, and theories regarding which atmospheric motions can or cannot be predicted at certain lead times.

  • Jothiram Vivekanandan, a senior scientist who is among a handful of international researchers who have mastered the theory, modeling, and observational aspects of measuring the atmosphere with remote sensing instruments such as advanced radars and radiometers. His work on radars has led to the National Weather Service adopting polarization radar techniques that produce better measurements of storms and forecasts, and he is now working with lidars and cloud radars to help climate scientists better understand cloud processes.