October 10, 2015 – An innovative weather model used by National Weather Service offices across the country and advances in the field of geomagnetism, including an updated World Magnetic Model and a citizen scientist project, are two of the Colorado-based scientific achievements that were recognized with the 2015 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research. The awards were given by CO-LABS, a non-profit organization that supports the state’s federally funded research centers.
In the Sustainability category, CO-LABS recognized researchers from the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Global Systems Division (GSD) for the development and transition to operations of the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) weather prediction model, which provides critical details of rapidly evolving weather events to forecasters and decision-makers, helping improve forecasts and warnings for severe weather across the country.
“We are honored by this recognition from CO-LABS and the Governor, and proud of our team for their very high-impact research on the HRRR,” said Stephen Weygandt, a NOAA research meteorologist. “They have put a high-resolution weather model in the hands of forecasters across the country, who are using it to help save lives and property by getting more accurate weather guidance to emergency managers, pilots, wind farm operators and others.”
The winning weather model team includes researchers from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University. In July, this group and partners were awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal in Scientific/Engineering Achievement, which recognizes distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, notable or prestigious contributions that impact the department’s mission.
In the category of Foundational Technology, CIRES and NOAA experts in the geomagnetism group of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Boulder won for a suite of recent achievements. Those include:
The CIRES Western Water Assessment received an Honorable Mention in the Sustainability category, for their work conducting collaborative climate research with input from decision makers, such as state water managers, with specific information needs.
Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research and engineering facilities in the nation. The Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research was launched in 2009 by CO-LABS, a consortium of federally funded scientific laboratories, universities, businesses, local governments, and community leaders organized to showcase Colorado’s research facilities.
The 2015 awards were presented on October 8 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in a ceremony that gathered scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials to celebrate the exceptional work of Colorado’s scientists and engineers. The event was hosted by CO-LABS, the Alliance for Sustainable Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.
CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and CU-Boulder.