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Awards / Honors

American Meteorological Society honors CSU professor

April 11, 2014

A Colorado State University professor recently was honored by the American Meteorological Society. David Randall, a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science, was the 2014 recipient of the Jule G. Charney Award, one of the society's highest honors.

The award is granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.

The award is named for Jule Charney, who played a pivotal role in the development of modern meteorology.  In the early 1950’s, Charney worked with John von Neumann at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, where they conducted pioneering research in numerical weather prediction using early computers.

Randall was selected by AMS for his "transformative research into atmospheric convection and cloud processes and their improved representation in global weather and climate models." 

Randall's research

His current research focuses on using numerical simulation to model studies of clouds and their role in the global climate system.

Ongoing projects include: development of improved cloud parameterization methods;  numerical experiments to determine the role of clouds in maintaining the preset climate; and an investigation into the role of clouds in climate dynamics.

"I'm very honored to receive this award named for Jule Charney, who was a gigantic figure in 20th-century meteorology," Randall said.