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Department of Atmospheric Science
Professor & State Climatologist
President-Elect, American Association of State Climatologists
Land-Atmosphere Interactions


During Professor R. A. Pielke Sr.'s distinguished career, he has studied regional scale weather and climate systems. These research interests lead to the development of a three-dimensional mesoscale model of the sea breeze, for which he received the NOAA Distinguished Authorship Award for 1974. Dr. Pielke has worked for NOAA's Experimental Meteorology Lab (1971-1974), The University of Virginia (1974-1981), and Colorado State University (1981-present). He in currently a Professor of Atmospheric Science at CSU. He has served as Chairman and Member of the American Meterological Society Committee on Weather Forecasting and Analysis, and was Chief Editor for the Monthly Weather Review for five years from 1981-1985. In 1977, he received the AMS Leroy Meisinger Award for "fundamental contributions to mesoscale meteorology through numerical modeling of the sea breeze and interaction among the mountains, oceans, boundary layer, and the free atmosphere." Dr. Pielke received the 1984 Abell New Faculty Research and Graduate Program Award, and also received the 1987/1988 Abell Research Faculty Award. He was declared "Researcher of 1993" by the Colorado State University Research Foundation. He has authored a book published by Academic Press entitled Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling, a book for Routledge Press entitled The Hurricane, and co-authored (with W. Cotton) a book for Cambridge Press entitled Human Impacts on Weather and Climate and co-authored (with R. Pielke, Jr.) a book published by John Wiley and Sons entitled "Hurricanes: Their Nature and Impacts on Society." He was elected a Fellow of the AMS in 1982. From 1993-1996, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the US National Science Report (1991-1995) for the American Geophysical Union. From January 1996 to the present, he has served as Co-Chief Editor (with W. Cotton) of the Journal of Atmospheric Science.