Distinguished research colleagues, Warren Wiscombe and Graham Feingold, have been elected to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2013 Class of Fellows. Out of 217 nominations, 62 were elected into the new class. They will be recognized on Wednesday, December 11, during the Honors Ceremony and Banquet at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Wiscombe was cited for “fundamental advances in radiative transfer modeling, outstanding leadership in promoting climate science, and exceptional service to the AGU community.” Currently a research scientist with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Wiscombe has belonged to Goddard’s Climate and Radiation Laboratory since 1983. As a founding member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program, he led and participated in many ARM field campaigns and served as its Chief Scientist from 2005 to 2009. He continually challenged the program with new ideas to deliver the highest quality data to answer the most pressing science questions related to modeling clouds, radiative feedbacks, and climate. He is most proud of helping to launch the new marine mobile facility and scanning radars, and of pushing for groundbreaking field campaigns like the Radiative Heating in Underexplored Bands Campaign (RHUBC), the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E), the Routine AAF Clouds with Low Optical Water Depths (CLOWD) Optical Radiative Observations (RACORO) campaign, and the Clouds, Aerosol, and Precipitation in the Marine Boundary Layer (CAP-MBL) campaign.
Wiscombe began his career in the early days of the modern renaissance of climate science. He cut his teeth in the Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA) Climate Dynamics Program and Arctic Ice Dynamic Joint Experiment (AIDJEX) Program from 1970 to 1974, then moved to NCAR between 1974 to 1980. From 1981 to 1983, he was a professor at New York University. After a long and productive career, he is retiring this fall and plans to move to Northern California to be closer to three of his four children and all four grandchildren, and will spend his time writing books, teaching about climate, and continuing his involvement with satellite constellations for the Earth Radiation Budget.
Feingold was cited “for highly innovative and insightful research on climate-related processes of the cloud-aerosol-precipitation system.” Currently a research scientist at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, his focus is on process-level studies using high-resolution models and observations from aircraft and surface remote sensing at the cloud scale (tens of meters to tens of kilometers).
Throughout his career, Feingold has received numerous fellowships and awards. He is currently a lead author on the IPCC Assessment Report 5, Chapter 7 (Clouds and Aerosols), an associate editor of the online journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, a contributor to the Climate Change Science Program, and a chapter author of the International Aerosol-Precipitation Scientific Assessment Project. A member of the Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions Working Group, he has been on science teams for numerous field studies and is on the steering committee for the upcoming Green Ocean Amazon, or GOAMAZON, field campaign in Brazil.
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.