Colorado State University Professor and State Climatologist Awarded Prestigious Agu Fellowship

Colorado State University atmospheric science professor and state climatologist Roger A. Pielke Sr. has been named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for 2004. The prestigious fellowship, awarded to scientists who have attained acknowledged eminence in one or more areas of geophysical sciences, is bestowed on no more than .1 percent of AGU’s membership in any given year.

Pielke will be formally presented with the AGU Fellowship at the organization’s meeting in Montreal, Canada, on May 19, 2004.

"Dr. Pielke has long been renowned in the scientific community throughout the world as a leader in researching land-use change dynamics as well as global atmospheric and climate patterns," said Steven Rutledge, professor and head of Colorado State’s Department of Atmospheric Science. "He is very deserving of this prestigious fellowship and recognition among his peers."

Pielke’s current research focuses on atmospheric and land-surface dynamics and on nonlinear geophysical interactions, with an emphasis on understanding mesoscale, regional and global weather and climate processes. In addition to his teaching and research, Pielke currently heads the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State.

Among his many awards and accolades, Pielke was appointed state climatologist for Colorado in 1999 and served as president of the American Association of State Climatologists for 2002-03. He has served on the American Meteorological Society Committee of Weather and Forecasting Analysis. Pielke also has been awarded the Leroy Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society, Researcher of the Year at Colorado State and many other honors for his work.   

Pielke has authored or co-authored more than 275 reviewed journal articles and 50 book chapters in his areas of expertise and is the author of "Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling," published by Academic Press, and "The Hurricane," published by Routledge Press. He is co-author of "Human Impacts on Weather and Climate" published by Cambridge University Press.  

AGU’s activities are focused on the organization and dissemination of scientific information in the interdisciplinary and international field of geophysical sciences in four fundamental areas: atmospheric and ocean sciences, solid-Earth sciences, hydrologic sciences and space sciences. From its beginnings in 1919, AGU has evolved into an active community of more than 38,000 scientists from 117 countries and now stands as a leader in the geophysical sciences.