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PNNL scientist elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

September 09, 2013 Share This!

Ruby Leung honored for climate modeling research

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RICHLAND, Wash. – An internationally recognized climate science researcher at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been elected as a Fellow in the American Geophysical Union. Ruby Leung joins a class of 62 scientists being honored by AGU for "exceptional scientific contributions and acknowledged eminence in the fields of earth and space science."

The AGU is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization representing more than 62,000 members in 144 countries. The organization is dedicated to advancing the earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity. The rank of Fellow is conferred on no more than one-tenth of one percent of all members in any given year.

Leung was recognized by AGU for her "extraordinary leadership in the development and use of regional climate models to advance climate change and hydroclimate research." Her accomplishments include developing novel methods for modeling mountain clouds and precipitation in climate models, and improving understanding of hydroclimate variability and change.

She has also led efforts to develop regional climate modeling capabilities in the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model that is widely adopted by scientists worldwide, has organized key workshops and served on panels that define future priorities in climate modeling and hydroclimate research, and has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Leung is a Laboratory Fellow at PNNL, and is also a Fellow in the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. She earned a bachelor's degree in physics and statistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and both a master's degree and a doctorate in atmospheric science from Texas A&M University.

She will be honored with the rest of the 2013 class of Fellows at the AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco in December.

Tags: Environment, Fundamental Science, Awards and Honors, Climate Science, Atmospheric Science

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