Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Alumnus of the Year Lecture will be online

Posted: January 31, 2014

Alumnus of the Year Lecture will be online

Dr. Bruce Baker, the AOSS 2013 Alumnus of the Year, will speak about how the science and technology of weather observations have made great strides during the short history of this country.

Baker is the director of NOAA's Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division. His lecture is titled, “Meteorological measurements: why, what, and how.”

To register to watch online, please click here.

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Space Research Building Auditorium, Room 2246


Today, weather observations contribute to observations of the entire earth system, including measurements of the atmosphere, the oceans, and the land surface. Our observing technologies are diverse, ranging from weather satellites to basic instruments such as the thermometer used by volunteers in their backyards. Improvements in weather forecasting, flood forecasting, water resources management, and our understanding of climate variability require improvements in the accuracy, spatial distribution, and frequency of weather observations. Observational networks are essential for improving forecast models, validating remote sensing products, and understanding climate change.


Dr. Bruce Baker has spent his career in pursuit of understanding the physics of the atmosphere through measurements. This has included laboratory studies, field experiments and long term programs that have addressed turbulence, remote sensing, and climate. He was Chief Scientist for NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center from 2000-2009 developing and deploying a new network to monitor climate change in the U.S and Alaska called the United States Climate Reference Network. His current interests are developing climate observing systems, understanding the impact of the carbon reservoirs in the arctic and how that will affect climate change due to the melting permafrost and validation of land surface temperatures from satellites. His career with NOAA spans over 30 years, 18 of which were in the National Climatic Data Center. He provides leadership to ATDD as the division performs air quality and climate-related research concerning issues of national and global importance.

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