National Scientist to Give Talk at UMass Amherst: What Should We Believe About Climate Change?

AMHERST, Mass. - Warren M. Washington, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., will give a lecture, "What Should We Believe About Climate Change?" at the University of Massachusetts, at 4 p.m. on Wed., April 25, in Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The talk is the first R.W. Bromery Lecture presented by the geosciences department. The lecture series is funded through an endowment established by former UMass Chancellor Randolph "Bill" Bromery, and his wife, Cecile T. Bromery. The fund is earmarked for the department of geosciences, in which Bromery was a faculty member, and supports minority students, brings minority guest lecturers to campus, and supports fieldwork by geosciences undergraduates. "The fund represents a larger philosophy of increasing the numbers of African Americans in the scientific professions across the board," Bromery has said.

Washington is a senior scientist and head of the Climate Change Research Section in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the NCAR. He joined NCAR in 1963 as a research scientist, after earning a doctorate in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. Washington’s areas of expertise are atmospheric science and climate research, and he specializes in computer modeling of the earth’s climate. He has published more than 100 papers in professional journals, and co-authored a book, "An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling," which is a reference on climate modeling.

During the past two decades, he has held a slate of national posts, advising government officials and committees on climate-system modeling. Washington has held the office of president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and is a Fellow of that organization, as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Recently, Washington was awarded the Dr. Charles Anderson Award from the American Meteorological Society "for pioneering efforts as a mentor and passionate support of individuals, educational programs, and outreach initiatives designed to foster a diverse population of atmospheric scientists."