ASR and ARM Honors: Scientists Honored at AGU Fall Meeting

Published: 24 January 2024

Three scientists with recent ties to the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program and Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility were honored at the 2023 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California.

New AGU Fellow

Xiaohong Liu
Xiaohong Liu

Xiaohong Liu, a professor of atmospheric sciences and the Reta A. Haynes Chair in Geosciences at Texas A&M University, was selected as an AGU Fellow for his “exceptional contributions to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of aerosol impacts on clouds and climate and advancing atmospheric models.” Each year, AGU selects no more than 0.1% of its members as fellows.

Liu was one of 67 fellows chosen in 2023. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) and a former member of ARM’s User Executive Committee. His research focuses on cloud-aerosol-precipitation-radiation interactions and effects on climate change; multiscale modeling of clouds, aerosols, and their interactions in the climate system; and developments of cloud and aerosol parameterizations for earth system models.

“I am extremely humbled by being elected as an AGU Fellow,” says Liu, a co-investigator for five past ARM field campaigns. “The honor is unachievable without support from DOE programs (including ARM and ASR) ever since I was a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2006 to 2013, and then a professor at University of Wyoming and now at Texas A&M University.”

Atmospheric Sciences Section Awards

Sonia Kreidenweis
Sonia Kreidenweis

AGU Atmospheric Sciences section awards went to Sonia Kreidenweis and Timothy Bertram.

Kreidenweis, a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, received the Yoram J. Kaufman Outstanding Research and Unselfish Cooperation Award. Established in 2008, the award is given annually to recognize a senior scientist’s influence in atmospheric science, including exceptional creativity, inspiration of early career scientists, mentoring, international collaborations, and unselfish cooperation in research. Kaufman, who died in 2006, was a researcher and mentor who devoted his career to international collaborations on atmospheric aerosols that influence the climate.

Kreidenweis co-leads two projects involving data and ASR-supported research from ARM’s 2021–2023 Surface Atmosphere Integrated Field Laboratory (SAIL) campaign in Colorado. One of the projects focuses on seasonal vertical aerosol profiling for aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions. The other is on single-particle characterization for interpreting ice-nucleating particle measurements. Kreidenweis, a BERAC member, was selected as an AGU Fellow in 2019.

Timothy Bertram
Timothy Bertram

Bertram, a professor of chemistry and atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was one of four midcareer scientists to receive Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Awards. Established in 2012, the honor is presented annually for excellence in research and leadership in the atmospheric and climate sciences to researchers between eight and 20 years removed from earning their PhDs.

At the fall meeting, Bertram gave an invited presentation that involved the ASR-funded acquisition and analysis of measurements from ARM’s Eastern North Atlantic (ENA) atmospheric observatory. He discussed his team’s lab findings compared with ENA measurements and offered an outlook for future global modeling analyses.

Watch a recording of the 2023 AGU Honors Ceremony.

Nominate Your Peers in 2024

Nominations for AGU 2024 section awards and union honors are expected to open in mid-January. The 2024 AGU Fall Meeting is scheduled for December 9 to 13 in Washington, D.C.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.