New NESL director: Jim Hurrell

Senior scientist Jim Hurrell (NESL/CGD) will take the helm of NESL on September 1.

“NESL has an unparalleled record of leadership and achievement in advancing knowledge and providing and supporting community-based resources,” Jim says. “I am very honored and excited by this opportunity to work closely with my NESL, NCAR, and community colleagues to build on this record and tackle the many challenges and opportunities ahead.”

A familiar figure around NCAR, Jim has been on staff since 1990 and is the former director of CGD. He serves as the division’s chief scientist of community climate projects, which includes the Community Earth System Model (CESM), and co-chairs the World Climate Research Programme Project on Climate Variability and Predictability.

Jim’s research focuses on regional climate change, global warming, atmospheric patterns such as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), and computer modeling of climate. He is particularly interested in understanding the interaction between human-induced global warming and natural climate patterns such as El Niño and the NAO. Among his many publications, Jim edited the first comprehensive book on the NAO.

A fellow of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and Royal Meteorological Society, Jim is also a recipient of the AMS's Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award.


New scientist IIIs

In other news, in May the UCAR Board of Trustees approved five scientist IIIs. (Scientist III is one step below senior scientist.) Appointments begin July 1. There were no senior scientist candidates this year.

George Bryan (NESL/MMM)
David Gochis
Markus Jochum
Pablo Mininni
David Yates