NCAR Director's Office

James Hurrell elected to AGU position

BOULDER, Colo. —James W. Hurrell, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), has been elected incoming president of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He will be formally installed as president-elect at the AGU's annual meeting in December."It is a great honor to be elected by peers throughout the atmospheric sciences community," Hurrell said. "This is a critical time for the atmospheric sciences as we seek to advance our knowledge of climate change, extreme weather events, air quality, and other issues that pose significant challenges to our society."NCAR Director James Hurrell. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)The Atmospheric Sciences Section studies the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere, particularly the two layers closest to Earth’s surface: the stratosphere and troposphere. These layers are crucial to life because they regulate planetary surface temperature, play an integral role in the world’s water cycle, and screen the planet from high-energy radiation. Much of the research focuses on global climate change, as well as monitoring fluctuations in the ozone layer and better understanding and predicting weather events and the effects of emissions from human activities."New ideas and approaches to AGU’s strategic challenges can be found in the collective wisdom of the organization's diverse membership," Hurrell said. "As president-elect, I am committed to eliciting those ideas and finding effective methods to further develop and implement the best of them." An NCAR senior scientist, Hurrell was named director of the center in 2013. He has contributed to numerous national and international science planning initiatives, including extensive involvement in the World Climate Research Programme, as well as the assessment activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels, and he has provided briefings and testimonies to Congress on climate change science.Hurrell is a Fellow of the AGU, as well as of the American Meteorological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. His personal research has centered on empirical and modeling studies and diagnostic analyses to better understand climate, climate variability, and climate change."Jim's vision and energy, along with his skill at drawing on insights from across the atmospheric sciences community, will enable him to make substantial contributions to AGU," said Antonio J. Busalacchi, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). "The UCAR community is excited over Jim's election and looks forward to his leadership in this important position."

NCAR Town Hall, Foothills

Please plan on coming to an NCAR Town Hall to hear about the major outcomes of this summer's NSF site visit team reviews, an update on the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, strategic priorities moving forward, and some research and technical highlights of the past year. Jim Hurrell and Michael Thompson look forward to seeing you.

NCAR Town Hall, NWSC

Please plan on coming to an NCAR Town Hall to hear about the major outcomes of this summer's NSF site visit team reviews, an update on the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, strategic priorities moving forward, and some research and technical highlights of the past year. Jim Hurrell and Michael Thompson look forward to seeing you.

NCAR Town Hall, Mesa Lab

Please plan on coming to an NCAR Town Hall to hear about the major outcomes of this summer's NSF site visit team reviews, an update on the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, strategic priorities moving forward, and some research and technical highlights of the past year. Jim Hurrell and Michael Thompson look forward to seeing you.

NCAR Town Hall, Research Aviation Facility

Please plan on coming to an NCAR Town Hall to hear about the major outcomes of this summer's NSF site visit team reviews, an update on the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, strategic priorities moving forward, and some research and technical highlights of the past year. Jim Hurrell and Michael Thompson look forward to seeing you.

Warren Washington Distinguished Scholar Event

All UCAR/NCAR staff is invited to join the NCAR Directorate in celebrating our latest NCAR Distinguished Scholar, Warren Washington!

Monday, November 14th at 3:00 pm

Warren will give a talk in the Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room on the following topics:

  • Research: Will mid-latitude storms change in the future?
  • USGCRP: Future Changes
  • Moments from my NCAR Career

Reception to follow on the Mezzanine.

Below is a link to the NCAR Distinguished Scholar webpage:

NCAR Directorate Fall Open House

Jim Hurrell, Michael Thompson and the NCAR Directorate Staff
would like to invite All Staff to our
Fall Open House Event!

This is a great opportunity to meet Operations and
Budget and Planning Staff.  

Drinks, Appetizers and Amazing Views!

Wednesday, September 28th from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mesa Lab 5th Floor Directorate Suite

NCAR Day of Networking & Discovery

All NCAR and UCAR staff are invted to attend a full day of discovery, sharing, and networking! 

Please RSVP on the Webpage link below. 

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