Dr. Richard McNider, distinguished professor emeritus in atmospheric and mathematical sciences, receives the 2013 AMS award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology from the organization's president, Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, at the AMS awards banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 9. He was recognized by the AMS for "innovative contributions to dealing with agricultural drought by improving monitoring and forecasting technology, and for promoting sustainable irrigation in the Southeast." McNider was largely responsible for founding UAHuntsville's remote sensing laboratory, which led to the creations of both the Earth System Science Center and the Atmospheric Science Department. To see more photos from the conference, view them here.
2 ATS grad students published in AMS journal
Two graduate students in UAHuntsville's atmospheric science program are lead authors on research papers published in the February edition of the Monthly Weather Review, an American Meteorological Society journal.
Research by Dr. Ken Leppert and Todd Murphy with UAH faculty (and one NASA scientist) may lay the groundwork for developing tools to give better predictions of both hurricanes and tornadoes.
Leppert, who has completed the requirements for his Ph.D. and is a postdoctoral fellow, found that certain traits that can be seen from space might help give earlier warnings of which low pressure systems coming out of Africa or South America are more likely to develop into tropical storms or hurricanes.
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