available on the Web at http://pmel.noaa.gov/tsunami- rological, oceanographic, and solar environment re- hazard/ to supplement weather/climate forecasting quirements analyses for future satellite systems. He and tsunami warnings for the U.S. west coast. You can was the codeveloper of the real-time satellite image also visit http://corona.pmel.noaa.gov/tsunami/ distribution service of the NOAA Coast Watch Pro- servlets/WaveWatcher for more information. gram in 1989. He also received the 1993 NOAA The two-year-old Ronald H. Brown represents a Administrator's Award for leading the development new era in ship design and capabilities. The ship pro- of an innovative computer system to process satellite vided researchers with one of the most technologically images for the Advanced Weather Interactive Process- advanced floating laboratories in the world, with the ing System (AWIPS), a high-tech interactive weather most impressive array of atmospheric and near-sur- computer and communications system that allows face oceanographic sensors ever assembled on a ship. NWS forecasters the ability to access and integrate The ship carries a Doppler radar similar to those used information from other tools such as satellite imagery, by the National Weather Service on land, and also has Doppler radar data, automated weather observations, the capability to take simultaneous ocean and atmo- and computer-generated numerical forecasts, to pro- spheric measurements essential to the study of sea duce more timely and better forecasts. surface and atmospheric coupling and its effect on "I feel as though I am returning to my first love— climate. weather," said Hawkins, adding, "The Office of Me- "Any long deployment is both physically and lo- teorology brings together the people, the science, and gistically demanding while at the same time exciting," the technology resources that will enable us to make Parsons said. "This year was no exception. Although the best weather service in the world even more re- a number of Ronald H. Brown's crew are veterans of sponsive to our customers. I' m inspired by that goal." previous NOAA circumnavigations, all aboard share The Office of Meteorology's Services Division in the satisfaction of knowing that they played a piv- manages the primary short-term weather forecast and otal role in broadening man's understanding of the warning products and services provided to the public global climate, and in the ground-truthing of several and the media, and to the aviation, marine, and fire scientific theories and technologies." weather customer communities. The office oversees Ronald H. Brown is homeported in Charleston, all the critical warning and forecast programs of the South Carolina. NWS regional offices and works to advance and pro- mote the short-term critical warnings and forecast in- Hawkins Named Chief of Meteorological formation needed to protect the safety of life and Services Division for National Weather property and to enhance the national economy. • Service The director of NOAA's National Weather Service has named long-time NOAA employee Jamison S. Hawkins as director of the Services Division in the NWS Office of Meteorology. He is replacing Rich- ard Przywarty, who has moved on to become the weather service's Alaska regional director. "Jamie's years with NOAA give him the experi- ji/Lemcumri ence and judgment to effectively fill this important po- sition," said John J. Kelly, director of the National Weather Service. "Now that we have reached the pin- nacle in our modernization of the weather service, improving operations and services will be of increas- ing importance. I am confident that Jamie will be a ^eoupe iP. SBWJMI strong leader in the agency's drive to improve prod- ucts and services in the new century." Hawkins began his 21-year career with NOAA as a satellite meteorologist. Recently, he has been serv- ing in NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, involved with meteo- Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 121
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