Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper recognizes NCAR for dropsonde research

November 9, 2011

BOULDER—Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will present his office's annual awards for "high impact research" on November 15 to teams from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and three other Colorado-based research centers for breakthroughs in atmospheric science, renewable energy, sustainability, and disease prevention.

Meet the winners: CO-LABS 2011 Governor's Award for High-Impact Research. (Video courtesy CO-LABS. This video is freely available for media use.)

At the reception: Highlights from the November 15, 2011 presentation of the Governor's Award
for High-Impact Research. (Video courtesy CO-LABS. This video is freely available for media use.)

woman at control panel holds dropsonde in one hand
A technician readies a dropsonde for release from the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V research jet during a recent mission to study how tropical cyclones develop and strengthen. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media use. For more information, see Media & nonprofit use.*)

NCAR will be honored for “Innovations and Transformation of Dropsonde System Technology and Delivery Systems.” Terrence Hock of NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory is the principal investigator on the project. Dropsondes are small instrument packages released from aircraft to measure pressure, temperature, humidity, and winds as they descend through the atmosphere.

At the ceremony, awards will also be presented to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden), the National Snow and Ice Data Center (Boulder), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of Vector-borne Diseases (Fort Collins). In addition to the award winners, Gov. Hickenlooper will be recognizing three "distinguished finalists."

CO-LABS, the non-profit that informs the public about the breakthroughs and impacts from the 24 federal labs in Colorado, is sponsoring the 2011 Governor’s Award for High Impact Research, to be held at 1800 Larimer Street in Denver, a LEED Platinum building, at 5:00 pm on November 15.

For more information about the awards see the CO-LABS news release.


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