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DOE's Distinguished Associate Award presented to PNNL researcher

Richard Moss recognized by Secretary of Energy for leadership in global and climate change research.

February 17, 2005 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Richard Moss, director of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Office in Washington D.C., and a staff scientist of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has received the Distinguished Associate Award from the Department of Energy. The award, designated and signed by Spencer Abraham, former Secretary of Energy, recognizes Moss "for his outstanding leadership and individual efforts in global and climate change research and his dedication in helping to integrate... agency research and develop the Strategic Plan for these combined programs." The award was presented at a ceremony in January by Dr. Raymond Orbach, director of DOE's Office of Science.

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program is the nation's foremost national research program focusing on changes in climate and related environmental systems. The program integrates research from 13 participating federal agencies and departments, and has an annual budget of approximately $1.8 billion.

The Distinguished Associate Award is the highest award for employees of DOE-owned, contractor-operated facilities, such as PNNL. Winners must be nominated by DOE program managers and cannot apply for the honor.

In addition to his role of director of the program office, Moss also holds an appointment as staff scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute which is managed by the University of Maryland – College Park and PNNL. From 1993-1998, he served as director of the Technical Support Unit of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – impacts, adaptation and mitigation working group. He has served as a lead author and general editor of several IPCC assessments, special reports and technical papers.

Moss has also served as program officer at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme in Stockholm, Sweden, where he co-authored a report on human drivers of land use and land cover change. Moss served on the faculty of Princeton University from 1989 to 1991. He currently chairs the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis of the IPCC and serves on the editorial board of Climatic Change Magazine. He was named a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in 2001 and was a member of the editorial board of Annual Review of Energy and the Environment from 1994-1999.

He earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Carleton College in Minnesota in 1977, and master's and doctorate degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University in 1983 and 1987, respectively.

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