Colleen Kaul, an Earth scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), was elected to the American Meteorological Society (AMS)’s Energy Committee. She will serve a three-year term, which began in January of 2022.
The AMS is a scientific organization that “advances the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society.” Founded in 1919, it hosts meetings, publishes technical content, and provides volunteer opportunities for its membership, among other activities.
The AMS Energy Committee focuses on bringing together the weather, energy, and climate communities. The goal is to promote an increased understanding of how weather and climate-related events interact with the energy system. Much of the committee’s work involves organizing conferences and other opportunities to connect researchers.
“I’m excited to get more involved with AMS during my Energy Committee term,” said Kaul. “We’ve already discussed some exciting ideas to help bring these different communities together. I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish.”
Kaul joined PNNL in 2019 and has been involved in research related to wind energy. Her expertise in modeling the movement of the atmosphere originally led her to these projects, but she has recently become involved in observational work as well. Kaul’s other work includes researching how to simulate and understand the interactions of atmospheric turbulence, aerosol particles, and clouds.