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Robock Lecture - Prominent climate scientist Mann to speak at UW-Madison
This year's annual Robock Lecture will be 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 is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Mann will also be speaking at the CCR/CPEP seminar on Friday, April 18 in room 811 AOSS, 1225 W. Dayton St. This talk, entitled The Past as Prologue: Learning from the Climate Changes in Past Centuries is also free and open to the public.
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