June 23, 2009 | Guy Brasseur will step down from his position as ESSL director and NCAR associate director on June 30. Greg Holland, head of ESSL/MMM, will serve as acting ESSL director beginning July 1.
Guy will remain a senior scientist in ESSL/ACD, continuing his research on chemistry-climate interactions, urbanization and air pollution, upper atmosphere physics and chemistry, and regional environmental management. He will also take a leave of absence to direct the newly created Climate Service Center in Germany. The center’s mission is to become a bridge between climate-related research and issues of interest to government, industry, and the public. Its focus is on short-term global and regional climate predictions; mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability; and communication. It plans to cooperate with NCAR on climate research activities, according to Guy.
In a message to ESSL staff, Guy thanked his colleagues for their support during his three-and-a-half year tenure as lab director. “In spite of very difficult budget years and organizational difficulties, we have been able to reinforce cooperation between ESSL divisions and develop a more holistic and integrative view of Earth system science, while maintaining strong disciplinary activities,” he wrote.