Earth scientist Larry Berg was selected as the new division director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change (ASGC) Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Berg previously served as the group leader for the Earth System Modeling group in ASGC.
“I look forward to working with staff across ASGC, connecting with collaborating groups and partners to continue growing our research portfolio, and addressing our funding sponsors’ developing scientific needs,” said Berg.
Berg’s research focuses on investigations of how processes in the lowest kilometer or so of the atmosphere relate to both climate and renewable energy. He has served as the sole or co-principal investigator of deployments of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facility’s Mobile and Aircraft Facilities and conducted field work in locations ranging from the Columbia River Basin, to Mexico City, and Midtown Manhattan.
Berg developed new treatments of shallow clouds and cloud-aerosol interactions that are currently used in the Weather Research and Forecasting model. His work combines field measurements and computer models of the atmosphere, providing Berg a broad perspective on the tools used in atmospheric sciences.
Berg has been on the PNNL staff for nineteen years in positions ranging from postdoctoral fellow to group leader. He brings a wealth of experience to the role. His knowledge of current programs, familiarity with staff, and relationships with sponsors will help PNNL continue to grow as a leading institution in the disciplines covered by ASGC.
Berg takes over from Beat Schmid, who served as interim director of ASGC for seven months.