ESRL/GSD wins prestigious Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research

Photo of HRRR Team

Members of GSD's High-Resolution Rapid-Refresh (HRRR) team, led by Stan Benjamin.

ESRL/Global Systems Division’s (GSD) modeling team has been honored with the Colorado Governor’s Award for High Impact Research for the development and implementation of the High-Resolution Rapid-Refresh (HRRR) weather model. The prestigious award will be presented in a ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

The HRRR next-generation weather model runs hourly and brings in data from many sources to help provide critical details to forecasters in rapidly changing and evolving weather events. GSD, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere scientists developed the innovative weather model and transitioned it to NOAA National Weather Service offices across the country, saving lives and property.

The Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research was launched in 2009 by CO-LABS to celebrate the achievements of Colorado scientists. CO-LABS is a non-profit consortium of federal laboratories, research institutions, businesses and economic development organizations that provide financial and in-kind support for programs that promote the retention and expansion of Colorado’s scientific resources.

Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research and engineering facilities in the nation. The state’s federally funded research labs are world leaders in a range of fields including agriculture, climate and weather, earth science, renewable energy, space physics, and telecommunications research.

This award honors ESRL GSD's efforts to support a Weather-Ready Nation and a reduced loss of life and property, and disruption from high-impact events.

For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093