and Aerosol Research Group (CARG) for aerosol, carried out a wide range of airborne research for more cloud, and atmospheric chemistry studies. than a quarter of a century. In 1970 the CARG obtained Under the leadership of Peter Hobbs, the CARG has its first research aircraft, a Douglas B-23. This aircraft was used for cloud, precipitation, and mesoscale stud- ies of cyclonic storms in the Pacific Northwest (the CASCADE and CYCLES projects); some of the first AMS Fellow Nominated for field studies of cloud chemistry; exploration of the Woman of the Year sources and nature of aerosols from natural and anthro- pogenic sources; and studies of clouds and air pollu- Dr. Joanne Simpson has tion in the Arctic. been nominated by the edi- In 1984 the B-23 was replaced by a Convair-131 A. tors of Ladies' Home Jour- The CARG used this aircraft for 12 years, during nal as a candidate for their which time it carried out some pioneering studies on Women of the Year awards the radiative properties of clouds, aerosol-cloud inter- in 1974. The awards will be actions, and the properties of smoke and its effects on presented on a nationwide climate. Field projects with the Convair-131A in- CBS television special on cluded the 1991 Kuwait oil fires, the structure of the night of 8 April 1974, at storms on the U.S. east coast and over the central Philharmonic Hall in New York City. Final se- United States, smoke from biomass burning in the lections will be made from eight categories, in- Amazon Basin, and the radiative effects of aerosols on cluding science and research, and will be based the U.S. East Coast. on the ballots of magazine's readers and profes- In opening remarks at the inauguration, Robert sional opinion. Dr. Simpson's presence on the Serafin, director of NCAR, commented that "CARG list of nominees is in itself recognition of her studies demonstrate the importance of making obser- unique achievements and contributions. She is vations and measurements in science." currently Director of the Environmental Re- The refurbished Convair-580 was first used last search Laboratories' Experimental Meteorology spring for studies over the Arctic Ocean, as part of Laboratory in Coral Gables, Fla., and a member FIRE-ACE/SHEBA. It is scheduled to participate in of the Florida Environmental Coordination the summer of 1999 in Tropical Rainfall Measuring Council. She was awarded the Department of Mission validation studies over the western tropical Commerce Gold Medal in 1972 for her pioneer- Pacific Ocean, and in 2000 in studies of the effects of ing research in tropical weather modification. biomass, biogenic, and industrial emissions on the cli- Under her direction, the Experimental Meteorol- mate of southern Africa. Support for the refurbishment ogy Laboratory participated in a joint federal- and instrumentation of the Convair-580 was provided state program to attempt to mitigate the 1971 by NASA's EOS Program, NSF's Division of Atmo- Florida drought—an effort which contributed an spheric Science, and the University of Washington. estimated 5-10% of the actual April-May rain- fall in southern Florida. She received the Depart- NOA A Ship Ronald H. Brown Gets New men t of Commerce Silver Doppler Radar for Study of Global Climate Medal in 1967 for her experi- Change mentation in cloud modification To further scientific understanding of global climate as a part of the Project Stormfury change, a new and more powerful Doppler radar simi- hurricane investigation pro- lar to those used by the National Weather Service to gram. Dr. Simpson is currently forecast severe weather was installed this week on the preparing an article on women NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown as it prepares to embark in meteorology for a forthcom- on an around-the-world cruise. The seagoing Doppler ing issue of the BULLETIN. radar will enable the oceanographic research ship to study precipitation patterns and storm dynamics in par- ticularly data-sparse areas over the world's oceans. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 55, 50-51. Doppler radars provide information on location and intensity of precipitation as well as information on the Vol. 80,, No. 1, January 199 9
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Published: Jan 1, 1999
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