NCAR gains three new senior scientists

The UCAR Board of Trustees appointed three new senior scientists in July: Fei Chen, Wen-Chau Lee, and Steve Massie. Senior scientists provide NCAR with long-term scientific leadership. The position is analogous to that of full professor at a tenure-granting university. Selections are based on individual competence in research and activities that enhance NCAR’s interaction with scientists in the broader community.


Fei Chen (RAL)

Fei Chen

Fei, a meteorologist by training, leads RAL's Land-Surface Atmosphere Interactions group. The goal of his research is to improve forecasts of weather, air quality, and regional climate by incorporating the multiple influences of soil moisture, soil temperature, and other land features on the behavior of the atmosphere. His wide-ranging projects at NCAR have looked at the relationship between urbanization and local wind and air quality patterns, the impacts of growth and green spaces on Beijing’s rainfall, the effects of wildfire burn areas on flash floods, and more. He helped lead the surface-soil-vegetation measurement component of the International H2O Project (IHOP) field campaign in 2002.

Fei came to NCAR in 1997. He holds an undergraduate degree from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology and a doctorate from Blaise Pascal University in France. For more about his career path, read "Fei Chen: Teasing out land-atmosphere interactions."


                                       Wen-Chau Lee (EOL)

Wen-Chau Lee
Wen-Chau focuses on the development and use of weather radar techniques for studying the dynamics of high-impact events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, microbursts, and heavy rainfall. His research has added to scientists’ understanding of tropical cyclone evolution near landfall and the vortex structure of severe tornadoes. Wen-Chau led TiMREX (Terrain-influenced Monsoon Rainfall Experiment) in 2008 and has served as NCAR’s field project manager for nine deployments of the ELDORA radar. He is the interim manager of EOL's Remote Sensing Facility.

Wen-Chau came to NCAR in 1988. He holds an undergraduate degree from National Taiwan University and a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. 


Steve Massie (NESL/ACD)

Steve Massie

Steve specializes in satellite research on pollutants and cloud particles, and environmental changes in Asia. He is part of the HIRDLS (High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder) team and has studied the physics and chemistry of the stratosphere and troposphere using the data from many NASA satellite experiments. He has conducted research on indirect aerosol effects, polar stratospheric clouds, and cirrus clouds. Most recently, he was a co-leader of the 2010 NCAR/ASP Summer Colloquium, "Asia in the 21st Century."

Steve holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate from CU-Boulder. He came to NCAR in 1983.

Scientist IIIs

Eight researchers have been promoted to the scientist III level, which is one step below senior scientist.

Martyn Clark (RAL)
Louisa Emmons (NESL/ACD)
Andrew Gettelman (NESL/ACD)
Patricia Romero Lankao (RAL)
Scott McIntosh (HAO)
Steven Oncley (EOL)
Matthias Rempel (HAO)
Natasha Flyer (CISL)