PSD Employees Receive NOAA Awards
December 5, 2016
The ESRL Physical Sciences Division would like to acknowledge and congratulate its employees who recently won NOAA awards! The awards were presented at a ceremony on December 5th in Silver Spring, Maryland.
2016 NOAA/OAR, Employee of the Year Award
The PSD administrative team of Rita Lombardi, William Otto, Holly Rosales, Tina Schiffbauer, and Madeline Sturgill are group recipients of the 2016 OAR Employee of the Year Award in the category of Technical/Administrative Support "for providing the administrative and logistical support for the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) led implementation and support of a complex, multi-platform, multi-organizational rapid response NOAA field campaign to observe a rare, high-intensity El Niño event in the central, equatorial Pacific."
Planning for the PSD-led NOAA El Niño Rapid Response (ENRR) field campaign began in October of 2015. Normally the lead time for planning such a large and complex field campaign is years whereas the planning and execution of the ENRR field campaign from beginning to end was six months. The outstanding administrative and logistical support efforts of Lombardi, Otto, Rosales, Schiffbauer, and Sturgill ensured that NOAA was able to step up to the challenge and seize this rare scientific opportunity to accelerate advances in understanding and predictions of an extreme climate event while the event was ongoing.
2016 Daniel C. Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award
Dr. Martin Hoerling is the recipient of the Daniel C. Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in communicating the meaning and value of NOAA-related science and research to non-scientific audiences. Dr. Hoerling is recognized for his exceptional ability to communicate NOAA science in the tradition of Dan Albritton (the award's namesake).
As a senior climate scientist with PSD, Hoerling’s research focuses on advancing the nation's and the world's understanding of climate and weather to provide early warning and inform preparedness as climate changes. In addition to being a recognized leader internationally and nationally in the field of climate science as demonstrated through the numerous invitations he receives each year to speak at national and international science meetings, he devotes considerable time and effort to public outreach and education as a logical and important extension of his research beyond the scientific community. His ability to communicate complex and nuanced scientific findings for the causes and the predictability of high-impact extreme weather and climate events in simple, clear and effective language is motivated by his understanding that the ultimate value of scientific knowledge to society is through policy, planning and decision makers incorporating this information into their thinking and management of our nation’s resources. The press frequently asks Hoerling for his perspective on high profile publications and for explanations of climate extremes. Hoerling has also communicated his science in congressional briefings and tutorials for senior NOAA leadership. His impressive communication and community service outreach efforts to share scientific weather and climate information advance the NOAA mission to support the nation and inform decision making for better management of weather and climate-related risks.