A paper authored by three GFDL scientists, which tied weaker South Asian summer monsoons to human activities, has won the World Meteorological Organization’s Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2013. The paper, "Anthropogenic aerosols and the weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon" was published in the journal Science in September 2011.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) recently announced the election of Ronald J. Stouffer as an AGU Fellow. This designation is conferred upon less than 1% of all AGU members in any given year, as a tribute for those who have made exceptional scientific contributions.
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory will host a course to introduce users to the GFDL AM3 atmospheric model this summer, from July 16th to 20th. The Summer School on Atmospheric Modeling will take students through all the steps involved in configuring, running, and analyzing results from GFDL's climate model running on parallel supercomputers and attached to large-scale data archives. The course will also provide an overview of the atmospheric model's (AM3) scientific formulation.
Isaac Held, Ph.D., a senior research scientist with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., will receive the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for his contributions to improved understanding of climate change and atmospheric circulation systems. He will accept the award at a ceremony in Madrid, Spain, in June.
In his 34-year career with GFDL, he has enhanced the scientific community’s understanding of the atmosphere’s structure and circulation. His studies on atmospheric water vapor have led to a greater understanding of how water vapor affects atmospheric warming. This research has earned him an international reputation for his unique contributions to the field. The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize scientific and cultural contributions that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges in science, technology, society, and economics.
Jul 13, 2011 - AGU James B. Macelwane Medalist Arlene Fiore
GFDL’s Arlene Fiore is set to join an esteemed line of geophysical scientists as winner of the 2011 American Geophysical Union (AGU) James B. Macelwane Medal. Still early in her career, Dr. Fiore has distinguishing herself in the geophysical sciences for making significant contributions to atmospheric chemistry, and enhancing our understanding of ozone pollution and its impact on climate.
Nov 05, 2010 - Presidential Award goes to GFDL Scientist
Charles Stock, of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), was honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the U.S. government's most prestigious award for early-career scientists. Award winners were announced in a White House press release on November 5, 2010. The award recognizes Dr. Stock’s efforts to enhance our understanding of interactions between marine ecosystems and climate, including work to develop innovative ways of applying climate and earth system models to assess impacts of climate change on living marine resources at global and regional scales.
Aug 23, 2010 - GFDL Hosts Fulbright Scholar
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory recently hosted a Fulbright scholar from Greece. Nikolas “Nikos” Hatzianastasiou spent the summer looking at the simulated aerosol properties of the lab’s world-renowned atmospheric climate model, comparing them with actual measurement data for the Mediterranean. Under the leadership of GFDL Director Dr. V. Ramaswamy and senior scientist Paul Ginoux, Hatzianastasiou evaluated the AM2’s aerosol properties over the Mediterranean basin during his 10 weeks at GFDL—a new undertaking for the laboratory, and a departure from his previous work. “My earlier research focused on cloud, not climate models,” said Hatzianastasiou. “I had been interested in working with a climate model in general, and knew that GFDL had a renowned one.”
18, 2010 - GFDL Study Examines the Fate and Consequences of Suspended
and Dissolved Oil and Methane from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
A team of scientists from GFDL and NOAA's Office of Response and Recovery used a high-resolution global ocean climate model and take into account the microbial oxidation of oil to explore the probable extent of toxic concentrations of dissolved oil and of significant deep (1000-1300 m) oxygen depletion arising from the Deepwater Horizon spill. When the ocean circulation and microbial oxidation rates are taken into account, the interior ocean hypoxia or toxic concentrations of dissolved oil arising from the Deepwater Horizon blowout are likely to be locally significant but regionally confined to the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Jan 21, 2010 - GFDL Study Suggests Doubling of Category 4 and 5 Hurricanes this Century
A team of scientists from NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) used a unique downscaling approach to model hurricane activity through the end of the 21st century, and their results produce nearly a doubling of the frequency of category 4 and 5 storms.
Nov 05, 2009 - GFDL Scientist Making a "Green" Difference
Oceanographer Whit Anderson is a recipient of the 2009 NOAA Green Steward Award. As a dedicated cycling enthusiast, Whit is among many GFDL employees who commute to work by bicycle regularly. The award recognizes Whit for his efforts to have bicycle lockers installed at GFDL, to accommodate the growing number of bike commuters, and encouraging others to do so. 2009 is the inaugural year for this award. NOAA strives to recognize and reward employees who initiate "best green practices", to encourage personal actions for a cleaner, healthier planet and lifestyle.
Nov 05, 2009 - GFDL Hosts Global Interoperability Program
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory will host the inaugural meeting of NOAA's Global Interoperability Program (GIP) on November 5-6, 2009. GIP promotes coordination of software infrastructure development that makes possible U.S. and international programs in climate and weather research, operational forecasting, and assessments and impacts of environmental change. This distributed and complex infrastructure allows groups from different institutions to work together collaboratively, sharing modeling components, real-time forecasts, model and observational data, and analysis and visualization services.
Aug 11, 2009 - Increase in Atlantic Hurricane Numbers Likely Due to Improvements in Monitoring
Records of Atlantic hurricanes seem to show an increase in storm frequency since the late 19th century, but research published this week reveals that the increase in tropical storm and hurricane numbers is likely due to better observations of short-lived storms. Improvements in observational tools and analysis techniques have resulted in more complete storm monitoring and recording systems.
Jul 16, 2009 - GFDL to Host International AeroCom Workshop
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) will host the 8th annual AeroCom Workshop, featuring seminars and posters related to aerosol research. The event will be held at GFDL, in Princeton, NJ, from October 5-7, 2009. AeroCom is an international initiative of scientists working to advance our understanding of global aerosol and its impact on climate.
Jun 19, 2009 - GFDL Scientists Prepare to Welcome Lab Review Team
GFDL's research programs will undergo a comprehensive external review, from June 30 to July 2, 2009. Members of the review panel will evaluate the quality, relevance and value of the lab's research to both internal and external interests.
Jun 15, 2009 - Climate and Fisheries Scientists Collaborate
The Cooperative Institute for Climate Sciences, a joint institute of GFDL and Princeton University, will sponsor a workshop "Applying IPCC-class models of Global Warming to Fisheries Prediction", to be held at Princeton University's Lewis Library from June 15-17, 2009. Key scientific topics, such as regional downscaling of climate results, will be discussed in greater detail at the workshop.
Jun 08, 2009 - GFDL Director Delivers Bert Bolin Lecture in Stockholm
GFDL's Director, Dr. V. "Ram" Ramaswamy, was invited to give the second annual Bert Bolin Lecture on Climate Research at Stockholm University. Ram's lecture, delivered on May 29, 2009, explored the significant role that pollution particulates (aerosols) from human-induced emissions have played in the evolution of the global climate in the twentieth century.
May 26, 2009 - AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence: Gabriel A. Vecchi
Gabriel A. Vecchi awarded AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters
Feb 03, 2009 - P.C.D. (Chris) Milly Elected AGU Fellow
P.C.D. (Chris) Milly was recently named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Dr. Milly is a hydrologist who has worked at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory since 1988, as part of a long-term collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Jan 14, 2009 - Andrew Wittenberg received the 2009 Journal of Climate Editor's Award
Journal of Climate Editor's Award Andrew Wittenberg received the 2009 Journal of Climate Editor's Award "For his dependably scholarly, constructive, and thorough reviews."
Dec 20, 2008 - Yi Ming Receives Presidential Award
Yi Ming, research physical scientist at GFDL, was just named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to recognize and support the extraordinary achievements of young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers in science and technology.
Dec 11, 2008 - GFDL Research Scientist Earns First NOAA Science Communication Award
On December 11, 2008, Keith Dixon received the first Dr. Daniel L. Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award. This honor recognizes substantial accomplishments in communicating science and research to policy makers or other non-scientific audiences over extended periods of time. NOAA Research established the award to increase the effectiveness of communications between employees and non-scientists including the general public, policymakers, and stakeholders.
Nov 30, 2008 - GFDL's Hurricane Forecast Model Achieves High Accuracy in 2008 Season
Since it became operational in 1995, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory’s (GFDL) hurricane forecast model has consistently been among the leading models used by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) for accuracy in predicting hurricane track and intensity. GFDL’s hurricane forecast model performed extremely well again in the 2008 hurricane season.
Oct 15, 2008 - NOAA's Administrator's Award
T. Delworth, R. Stouffer and T. Knutson received NOAA's Administrator's Award.
Oct 15, 2008 - 2008 OAR Outstanding Paper Award
2008 OAR Outstanding Paper Award presented to S. Zhang, M. Harrison, A. Rosati and A. Wittenberg
GFDL to run next generation high resolution climate models on DOE supercomputers
Sep 04, 2008 - Localized Pollution Plays Large Role in Future Climate Change
Projected changes in Asian air quality can lead to significant summertime warming and drying of the central US over the second half of the 21st century. Short-lived gas and particle air pollutants, which only accumulate in the atmosphere for days or weeks and are primarily controlled for reasons of air quality were the focus of a study led by GFDL scientist Hiram Levy.
Aug 08, 2008 - NOAA Scientist Earns Prestigious Distinction from Scientific Journal
In June, Brian Magi, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science, learned that he was selected by the journal Annales Geophysicae as their Best Reviewer for Lower Atmosphere and Climate, for 2007. Three other scientists shared the distinction, in different subject areas, for "maintaining the high quality" of the journal. The designation is given to an individual who has contributed a referee’s report of outstanding merit on manuscripts submitted for publication in Annales Geophysicae.