CESM Distinguished Achievement Awards

2012: CESM Distinguished Achievement Award

Bill Lipscomb is the recipient of the 2012 CESM Distinguished Achievement Award. Bill's contributions to the CESM project began over ten years ago when he joined the Climate, Ocean and Sea Ice Modeling (COSIM) team at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Researcher. In his initial years at Los Alamos, Bill made notable improvements to the Los Alamos sea ice model, which is the sea ice component of CESM. In more recent years, Bill has established and led the effort to incorporate a land ice component into CESM. Through Bill's inventive and hard work in this area, the CESM project is now making exciting contributions to our understanding of ice sheet loss and sea level rise. [more]

2011: David Williamson

David Williamson is the recipient of the 2011 CESM Distinguished Achievement Award. David Williamson is long overdue recognition for his significant contributions to CESM and community modeling at NCAR. His science contributions are particularly noteworthy as more often than not they were breakthrough, innovative research activities for global modeling in general and not just for CESM. Dave is one of the pioneers of the present-day discretization methods for the atmospheric primitive equations used in CESM. He was also heavily involved in addressing the problems of discretization on a sphere exploring the use of geodesic or hexagonal grids. [more]

2010: Mariana Vertenstein

Mariana Vertenstein is the recipient of the 2010 CESM Distinguished Achievement Award. Mariana has been a member of the CESM Software Engineering Group (CSEG) since its inception and has led and managed the team since 2004. Over this period she has instigated and overseen significant improvements to the model's infrastructure capabilities that now permit new flexibility and extensibility to address the challenges involved in earth system modeling. [more]

2009: Gokhan Danabasoglu

Gokhan Danabasoglu is the recipient of the 2009 CCSM Distinguished Achievement Award. Gokhan has been instrumental in developing every version of the ocean component, starting from CCSM1. With Gokhan as co-chair of the Ocean Working Group, the ocean model component for CCSM4 was delivered on time, with everything incorporated as planned and more. It is our opinion that no one has been more key to this, and past versions of the ocean model than Gokhan. [more] [related] [Danabasoglu Profile]

2008: CCSM Land Model Working Group

CCSM Land Model Working Group recently received this award for their cooperative work in producing the CLM3.5 version of the land component. This version is a considerable improvement over CLM3. [CLM] [related]

2007: Inez Fung, UC Berkeley

Inez Fung, a climate expert and NERSC user, recently received the 2007 CCSM Distinguished Achievement Award for her role in shaping a modeling system that enables scientists to carry out comprehensive analyses of the earth's climate.

2006: Byron Boville, NCAR-CGD

Byron Boville made fundamental contributions to understanding Earth's atmosphere and climate, while devoting substantial effort to model development. In May he was given the 2006 CCSM Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition for Byron's critical leadership of the CCSM project at its inception, for his numerous contributions to the design and physics of the atmospheric model, and for his initiative in the collaborative development of the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM), where WACCM represents a major move toward realizing NCAR's strategic goal of developing a comprehensive Earth System Model.

2005: Jay Fein, NSF and Dave Bader, DOE

Jay Fein and Dave Bader were recipients of this award as representatives of the CCSM sponsoring funding agencies - the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE). These individuals had assured strong funding for CCSM development from these agencies over the past several years.

2004: Peter Gent, NCAR-CGD

Peter Gent earned this award for his cumulative 13 years of service on the Scientific Steering Committee, as CSM co-chair, as chairman of the Ocean Model Working Group, and for his scientific achievements based upon CSM1, CCSM2, and CCSM3.

2003: Jeff Kiehl, NCAR-CGD

Jeff Kiehl was the first chairman of the SSC between July 2001 and June 2003 He had also contributed strongly to the development of the radiation codes in the atmospheric component of the CCSM.

2002: Cecilia Bitz, UW and Elizabeth Hunke, LANL

Cecilia Bitz developed a state-of-the-art physical-numerical sea ice model that represents the ice mass balance in terms of a multi-category thickness distribution, and represents the vertical transfer of heat in terms of a multi-level temperature profile for each category of ice thickness.

Elizabeth Hunke helped to develop a new elastic-viscous-plastic (EVP) model of sea-ice dynamics that incorporates an elliptical yield curve representing both shear and normal stresses in the deforming ice. This EVP implementation offers the potential for significant improvements in numerical efficiency when implemented on shared memory computer systems.

2001: Jim Hack, NCAR-CGD

This award is in recognition of Jim Hack's many contributions to the CCSM development. In particular, he has led the effort to define the diagnostics system for evaluating various configurations of the atmospheric component of the CCSM.

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The Community Earth System Model (CESM) is a fully-coupled, global climate model that provides state-of-the-art computer simulations of the Earth's past, present, and future climate states.

CESM is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Administration of the CESM is maintained by the Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

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