2018 - Bill Large

2018 CESM Distinguished Achievement Award Winner, Bill Large
Bill Large and CESM Chief Scientist Gokhan Danabasoglu

Dr. Large played a seminal role in establishing the CESM project and, through his service roles, has figured critically in the project's development into an internationally recognized platform for earth system modelling. His scientific contributions figure prominently in CESM as used today. These include the design and development of the flux coupler and bulk formulae, the development of the K-Profile parameterization for oceanic vertical mixing, and the development of atmospheric data sets for forcing ocean and sea-ice models.

As Head of the Oceanography section (2005-2009), Co-Chair of the Ocean Model Working Group (2002-2008), Director of the Climate and Global Dynamics Division of NCAR (2008-2014), and Associate Director of the NCAR CGD Laboratory (2015-2017), Dr. Large’s leadership has been critical to ensuring that the CESM has obtained the institutional support and funding required for its ongoing development through two CESM generations and the groundwork for the third-generation CESM.

Throughout this extensive service, he constantly worked to ensure effective operation of the project within the complex environment in which it operates, liasing across NCAR CGD, the CESM Scientific Steering Committee, the CESM Advisory Board, and multiple funding agencies. At the same time, he always kept at the forefront the scientific goals of the project, which is reflected in his tireless efforts to address coupled model biases and his many CESM related peer reviewed publications.