Atmospheric Scientist Receives 2005 Jule G. Charney Award

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Graeme Stephens
Graeme Stephens

Dr. Graeme L. Stephens, professor at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo., has won the 2005 Jule G. Charney Award by American Meteorological Society, the nation's leading professional society for those in the atmospheric and related sciences.  

The award "for pioneering advances in understanding and measuring radiation processes and their role in climate," will be presented Jan. 12 at the Society's 85th Annual Meeting in San Diego. 

The Charney Award is given to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences. The award was established in 1969 during the 50th anniversary of the Society and was originally called the "Second Half-Century Award." In 1982, it was renamed in honor of Jule Charney, who played a major role in establishing the theoretical framework on which numerical weather prediction is based.

"Useful Pursuit of Shadows" by Graeme Stephens, 2003. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 in x 60 in.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Stephens research interests seek to understand the effects of clouds on atmospheric radiation and climate and in the use of remote sensing to examine these effects. He has been teaching at Colorado State University since 1984 and has counseled numerous undergraduate and graduate students in their meteorology studies.   Stephens has also written a text book on remote sensing and currently leads a major satellite project that is to be launched in mid-2005. Stephens has also authored and co-authored countless scientific papers and currently participates in several national and international scientific committees. He has also found a unique way to connect science and the arts through painting. Stephens cloud paintings have been featured in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, the American Scientist and several National Research Council reports.  

The AMS, founded in 1919, promotes the development and dissemination of information on atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. The Society publishes nine well-respected scientific journals, sponsors scientific conferences and supports public education programs across the country. Additional information about the AMS and the Annual Meeting is available online at

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