Colorado State University Atmospheric Science Professor Christian Kummerow Named Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

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Christian Kummerow, professor in Colorado State University’s
Department of Atmospheric Science and director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, has been named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Fellows are an elite group who are rewarded for their research in pursuit of knowledge and practice. To become a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the person must be nominated by an active member of the organization.

“Chris has achieved international recognition for his research in atmospheric radiative transfer and remote sensing of precipitation,” said Dick Johnson, atmospheric science professor and former department chair, in his nomination letter. “He is probably the world’s leader right now in passive microwave remote sensing of precipitation.”

Kummerow was named a Fellow for his research into obtaining a better understanding of global and regional climate change through the use of spaceborne missions.

“I feel deeply honored that the AMS was willing to recognize my work in atmospheric science,” he said. “It is in fact quite humbling when you see some of the really great scientists in the field before me.”

Kummerow has spent much of his working life measuring and inferring global precipitation.

“Current uncertainties in climate have kept the problem of how well we understand and can predict changes at the seasonal and longer-term scales at the forefront of our field,” he said. “I hope to continue contributing to this understanding.”

Kummerow has been a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science since 2000. He was named director of CSU’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, known as CIRA, in September 2010.

CIRA is a center for international cooperation that was established in 1980 to increase the effectiveness of atmospheric research between Colorado State and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CIRA’s research products help scientists around the globe understand atmospheric changes that affect weather and climate.

The Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU is internationally renowned for its cutting edge research and leadership. In September 2010, the National Research Council named the department one of the top doctorate programs in the nation.

About the American Meteorological Society

The American Meteorological Society is a scientific and professional organization serving the atmospheric and related sciences. It promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. The AMS was founded in 1919 and has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, students and weather enthusiasts.