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2015 Robock Lecture now online
If you missed the 6th annual Robock Lecture back in March, featuring MIT Prof. Kerry Emanuel speaking on "The Problem of Hurricanes and Climate", you can now view the talk - online here.
AOS Inaugural Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement
The AOS department announces a new award to recognize our high-caliber and accomplished alumni. Awarded alumni will be recognized during the University of Wisconsin reception at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting. If you know someone deserving of this award, please submit a nomination. For the inaugural award to be presented January 2016, please submit no later than October 1. Nominations can be submitted here. Please include your name, the nominee’s name and contact information, and a one paragraph write-up of their accomplishments.
Senior Capstone Seminar Presentations Mondays April 13 - May 4 AOSS 811 1:20-2:35
Capstone Seminar Spring 2015 Schedule
UW-AOS professor Desai co-writes a paper for PNAS and UW provides the press release
AOS Professor Ankur Desai co-wrote a paper on wetlands. Here is the UW press release: Team tracks the uncertain climate footprint of wetlands
PNAS Article: The uncertain climate footprint of wetlands under human pressure
Video Highlights from the 2014-2015 Antarctic Field Season
UW-AOS Alumni and Students Lee Welhouse, Dave Mikolajczyk, Elin McIlhattan, and Carol Costanza spent part of this past Northern Hemisphere winter in Antarctica, performing various maintenance tasks at serveral AWS sites. Carol Costanza was kind enough to share some video with us of their work.
Here is a summary of several station visits
Other videos include
Traveling to Antarctica
Training and AWS Prep
Antarctic Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
AWS Installation: Ferrell, Laurie II, and Minna Bluff
South Pole: Waiting for a Plane
Nico and Henry AWS Replacements
AWS Visits End of January, 2015
Thanks, Carol for sharing!
2015 Robock Lecture will be given by Kerry Emanuel
The 2015 annual Robock Lecture will be given by Professor Kerry Emanuel from MIT on Tuesday March 24th, at 7PM at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The talk, entitled "The Problem of Hurricanes and Climate" is free and open to the public.
UW-AOS professors Desai and L'Ecuyer featured in this WhyFiles article
AOS Professors Ankur Desai and Tristan L'Ecuyer, as well as CCR Director Jack Williams and several other CCR Scientists were featured in a recent WhyFiles article. Who is a climate scientist? Check the story to see!
Andrew Winters receives the 2014 Teaching Award
The Campus-Wide TA Award Committee has selected Andrew Winters as a winner of a 2014 Teaching Award!
Prof. Liu article in Science
Prof. Liu is co-author on examining the hydrological changes across North and East Africa during the last deglaciation, published in Science.
Prof. Liu article in Nature
More groundbreaking work from Prof. Liu on the dynamics of paleoclimate, published in Nature. Here's a UW News article as well.
Badger Weather Blog goes public!
Since late September, students in ATMOCN 452 (Synoptic Laboratory 1) have been developing and issuing weather forecasts for the Madison area each day on a blog: the Badger Weather Blog (http://badgerwxblog.blogspot.com). The purpose of the blog is for students to develop their skills in interpreting and diagnosing observations and model forecast data as well as their communication skills to the general public (Public Forecast Briefing) and to those more familiar intimately with the science (Forecast Discussion). After an initial round of forecasts earlier this semester, starting on Monday evening 27 October, the website will go "live." Students are expected to respond to the questions posed about current and future weather in Madison in the comments section of each post.
Please note that the forecasts are issued in the late afternoon/early evening each day Monday through Thursday. In cases of severe weather, please always consult the National Weather Service for more detailed and timely updates.
AOS students, staff, and faculty interested in supporting this effort on Fridays, weekends, and between semesters should contact Michael Morgan (email@example.com).
We welcome your comments and questions regarding the forecasts going forward. All comments will be screened before being posted.
U.S. Professors of the Year
John A. Knox, AOS PhD 1996, was a selection and contender for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching CASE Professor of the year. 2014 State Winners
Professor Tripoli elected AMS Fellow
AOS Professor Greg Tripoli has been elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. This honor recognizes those "who have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years."
Professor Ackerman named Associate Vice Chancellor for the Physical Sciences
As part of the new Graduate School administrative structure, AOS Professor and CIMSS director Steve Ackerman has been named Associate Vice Chancellor for the Physical Sciences. Here is the University of Wisconsin news article announcing all of the new administrative positions.
Professor Liu describes ongoing research about a climate conundrum
Proxy data or models: which is right with respect to past climate? Here are a University of Wisconsin news article and an abstract from PNAS
Robock Lecture - Prominent climate scientist Mann speaks at UW-Madison - Now, view online!
The 2014 annual Robock Lecture was given by Distinguished Professor Michael Mann of Penn State University on Thursday April 17th, at 7PM in the Ebling Science Symposium Center. The talk, entitled The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines can now be viewed online here. The talk was followed by a reception and book signing. The event was very well attended. Thanks to all for planning and attending and making this lecture a success!
Peter Lamb - 6/21/1947 - 5/28/2014
Photo c/o CIMSS, University of Oklahoma
Peter Lamb, George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the School of Meteorology and Director of the University's Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), passed away suddenly at his home in Norman, Oklahoma on May 28, 2014. Peter Lamb received his PhD from UW-Madison in 1976. He was a strong advocate for UW-Madison and for the historic department he attended. His primary research interests were in the physical and dynamical processes of climate and its short-term fluctuations. He is well known for the personal touches he made to the lives of his colleagues and the people he mentored. He was a tireless leader of CIMMS and of all of the NOAA Cooperative Institutes and the research they conduct in support of NOAA and the nation. We will remember his hand-written notes on yellow legal paper that added a personal touch to all meetings and correspondence. His soft-spoken, authoritative voice and personal warmth is a loss to us all.
A memorial service will be held in the Atrium of the National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman, Oklahoma on June 7, 2014 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to be made to the Ethembeni School, a boarding school serving 300 physically disabled or visually impaired students in the Kwazulu-natal region of South Africa. Please visit www.ethembenischool.co.za to donate and reference "in honor of Peter James Lamb" in the comment section.
His obituary may be found here.
2014 Student Awards
Congratulations to the following outstanding AOS students (view pictures):
- Nick Ofstun – Schwerdtfeger Award for excellent performance in first year graduate studies
- Alex Matus – Lettau Award for outstanding performance as a Teaching Assistant
- Ross Dixon and Croix Christenson – Colloquium Student Service Award for creative dedication to the department's
- Shellie Rowe – Wahl Award for outstanding performance as a Teaching Assistant
- Eric Loken – Honorary Horn Award for excellence in overall performance as an undergraduate
- Alex Haugstad – Horn Award for excellence in overall performance as an undergraduate
- Joe Nettesheim – Sunkel Award for exceptional scholarly potential as an undergraduate
- Sam Hartwick – Lettau-Wahl Award for overall excellence as an undergraduate
- Kristina Williams and Marian Mateling – WxChallenge foreast awards - Kristina won the overall best forecaster award, beating out all faculty, grad students and undergrads for the Norman, OK forecast period. Marian was a runner up for the undergrad category for Norman - 4th overall when you consider all faculty, grad students and undergrads.
Professors McKinley and Vimont contribute to Climate Change forum
On December 11th, 2013, AOS professors Galen McKinley and Dan Vimont spoke at an informational forum: "Climate Change: What it means for Wisconsin's Economy and Natural Resources," (View the agenda) hosted by Representatives Fred Clark (D) and Jeff Mursau (R) of the Wisconsin Legislature and co-hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters.
The forum agenda stated, "The purpose of the forum [was] to begin the discussion of how a changing climate affects Wisconsin's many natural resources and, consequently, Wisconsin's business practitioners that depend on these natural resources.
Steve Ackerman named as a 2014 AMS Fellow
Congratulations to Prof. Steve Ackerman who was named as a one of the 2014 American Meteorological Society Fellows.
Weather Forecasting Article up on The Why Files
Includes interviews with Prof. Jonathan Martin, UW Alumni NWS Director Louis Uccellini and UCAR Director Emeritus Richard Anthes, as well as Hank Revercomb.
Weather: [More data + more computers = better forecasts]
New Department Chair
With the start of the new school year, Prof. Grant Petty, who has been with the department since 2000, is taking over the reins as Department Chair from Prof. Jonathan Martin.
Thank you, Jon, for your 9 years of dedication, service, and hard work!
News 3 Interview of NWS Director Louis Uccellini about "Building a Weather-Ready Nation"
If you missed the Town Hall, you can watch this extended interview of Dr. Uccellini by News 3 Chief Meteorologist Gary Cannalte.
NWS Director Louis Uccellini to lead Town Hall discussion August 22, 2013
Uccellini, the National Weather Service Director and an alumnus of UW-Madison, will be in Madison later this summer to lead a Town Hall discussion titled "Building a Weather-Ready Nation." The discussion will address the question of how we as a nation can better prepare for extreme weather events and other key influences of weather on society.
Sponsored by SSEC and AOS, the event will be held on August 22, 2013 from 5-7pm in the Hector DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The Town Hall is open to the public and we're hoping to reach a wide audience. Each of us, scientist or not, has a role to play in discussing how to actively prepare for weather disasters.
Please see the posted abstract for further details
University of Wisconsin grad Louis Uccellini leads National Weather Service
Article in the April 28, 2013 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Professor Bennartz et. al. article published in Nature explains Greenland's record breaking 2012 ice melt
AOS Professor Ralf Bennartz and collaborators have published a study in the April 4 issue of Nature describing the events and processes leading to the record ice melt. A University of Wisconsin News article also summarizes the work..
CCR celebrates 50 years
Congratulations to the Center for Climatic Research on their 50th anniversary. Since 1962, CCR faculty, scientists and students have been working to understand how the climate works and why it changes. The Nelson Institute's In Common Magazine has a nice writeup on the history of CCR.
AOS Alumni donate GR2Analyst license to department
Several UW-AOS alumni have contributed toward, and donated a license for the advanced Nexrad Level II analysis program GR2Analyst to the AOS Department. The students had been using the software after leaving the UW and found it to be extremely useful for analysis of radar data. The software is already being used in our senior level Synoptic Lab (453) class, and will likely be utilized in the AOS 441 Radar and Satellite course as well. Special thanks to Jacob Beitlich, Dan Henz, Brian Miretzky, Matt Sitkowski and Dima Smirnov! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Rooftop Camera images and movies
The AOSS building hosts three rooftop camera (currently facing west, northwest, and north.) The most recent images and time lapse quicktime movies are now available. Daily sunrise to sunset movies and highlights of particularly interesting phenomena will be coming soon.
Journal of the UW-AOS
This is an unofficial journal of working papers written by undergraduate and graduate students of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. These papers are not intended to be used as official references.
Check out their work in the Journal of the UW-AOS