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20 June 2011 • A veteran NCAR researcher will begin directing the center’s largest lab on 1 September. James Hurrell succeeds Greg Holland as head of the NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL), which encompasses three of the center’s science divisions: atmospheric chemistry (ACD), climate and global dynamics (CGD), and mesoscale and microscale meteorology (MMM).
A member of CGD for more than 20 years, Hurrell serves as the division’s chief scientist of community climate projects, which includes the Community Earth System Model (CESM). He also co-chairs the World Climate Research Programme Project on Climate Variability and Predictability. Hurrell’s own research focuses on regional climate change, global warming, atmospheric patterns such as the North Atlantic Oscillation, and computer modeling of climate.
“NESL must continue and enhance efforts to develop strategic and stronger partnerships,” says Hurrell. He stresses the need to seek broad community input into the evolution and implementation of its strategic imperatives and other new research initiatives. “This input will be central to ensuring NESL maintains transformative research and works synergistically with the academic community.” says Hurrell. “We want to strike the best possible balance between growing into new scientific areas and sustaining excellence in our existing core activities.”
New leaders have also been appointed to two other key positions.