September 27, 2022
Staff Accomplishment

Fan Named American Meteorological Society Fellow

Jiwen Fan recognized for work on fundamental atmospheric science and modeling capabilities

Jiwen Fan

Laboratory fellow Jiwen Fan is now a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

(Photo by Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Jiwen Fan, an Earth scientist and Laboratory fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), was named one of twenty-four new Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Fellows will be honored at the 103rd AMS Annual Meeting that will take place from January 8–12, 2023 in Denver, Colorado.

“Jiwen is incredibly deserving of this honor,” said Larry Berg, Division Director, Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change at PNNL. “Her work spans so many important aspects of atmospheric science. Her ability to connect atmospheric models with observational data has been impactful across the field.”

The AMS is a “global community committed to advancing weather, water, and climate science and service.” With over 13,000 members, the AMS has been active for over 100 years. The AMS publishes 11 peer-reviewed atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrological journals.

AMS Fellows must make “outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial number of years.” An AMS committee annually selects new Fellows, who are drawn from a nomination slate of less than two-tenths of a percent of active AMS members.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Fan. “I’m humbled and excited to contribute more to weather and climate sciences.”

Fan, who has been at PNNL since 2007, researches a broad range of atmospheric science topics. Her work spans atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, cloud physics, convective systems, and severe weather, with major contributions to the fundamental understanding of aerosol-cloud-precipitation-climate interactions. Her work has been published in high-impact journals including Science, Nature Geoscience, Nature Communications, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Fan is currently an editor of the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems and on the Science Steering Committee of the Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation-Climate (ACPC), a joint initiative of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). She received a Department of Energy Early Career Award in 2017 to study severe weather in the midwestern U.S. and won the American Geophysical Union Ascent Award in 2015.