Boulder, CO

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Russel Schnell

Dr. Russell Schnell is a distinguished scientist with a remarkable career dedicated to environmental research and monitoring. His journey began as a teenager when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron. At the age of 18, he embarked on his first international trip as part of the inaugural Air Cadet exchange program with Israel. During his first year of graduate studies in 1968, Dr. Schnell made a groundbreaking discovery of biological ice nuclei, which has now become a distinct and actively researched field.

Paul Daugherty, Sonja Wolter Boulder, CO Global Monitoring Laboratory
Russell Schnell NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Dr. Russell Schnell, a distinguished scientist and expert in atmospheric science, has made significant contributions to the field of climate research and environmental monitoring. Born and raised in Castor, Alberta, he has a rich ancestral heritage traced back to Norka. Dr. Schnell earned first-class honors degrees in Biology from the University of Alberta and Chemistry from Memorial University in Newfoundland. Seeking further specialization, he obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wyoming.

Molly Graham , , , Boulder, CO NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
Carl S. Bullock The Research and Development Behind the 1988-1999 Modernization of NOAA's National Weather Service

Interview with: Carl S. Bullock, Meteorologist with the Forecast Systems Laboratory AWIPS Development
Interview conducted June 2010
Run time: 1:04:36
Topics:  PROFS, AWIPS Requirements, the people behind AWIPS and the modernization

 

Barry Reichenbaugh Boulder, CO Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
Dennis S. Walts The Research and Development Behind the 1988-1999 Modernization of NOAA's National Weather Service

Interview with Dennis S. Walts, former NWS Meteorologist assigned to the Forecast Systems Laboratory AWIPS Development Team
Interview conducted June 2010
Run time: 40:35
Topics: PROFS, AWIPS, Role of Research

 

Barry Reichenbaugh Boulder, CO Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
Robert Serafin The Research and Development Behind the 1988-1999 Modernization of NOAA's National Weather Service

Interview with Robert J. Serafin, Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research and former Chairman, National Academy of Sciences NWS Modernization Committee
Interview conducted June 2010
Run time: 46:45
Topics: National Academy of Science’s NWS Modernization Committee, NEXRAD, ASOS, AWIPS, GOES

 

Barry Reichenbaugh Boulder, CO Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
Mary Haley, David (Dave) Brown, and Dennis Shea UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection

Discussion with Mary Haley, David (Dave) Brown, and Dennis Shea about the development and use of NCAR Command Language (NCL). NCL, produced by the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) and is a free interpreted language designed specifically for scientific data processing and visualization. Topics included in this discussion also include: NCAR Graphics, netCDF, GRIB, Fortran, C, Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, Community Climate Model, NCL workshops, PyNIO, PyNGL, MATLAB, NumPy, xarray, R, and Python.

Laura Hoff Boulder, CO University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Roy Jenne UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection

Dr. Roy Jenne provides an overview of his career at NCAR in the computing division. Jenne discusses the Mesa Laboratory and its facilities; his recollections of the various computing systems at NCAR, starting with a Control Data 3600; the significant work NCAR did and continues to do with weather forecasting and observational data; and how creating easily accessible datasets was an important goal and achievement of his unit.

Stuart “Bill” Leslie Boulder, CO University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
William Kellogg UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection

William Kellogg begins by describing his first acquaintance with the NCAR concept, and his belief in the benefits of team research or big science. He notes the first retreat meeting at Keystone and offers examples of problems that required an interdisciplinary approach. He mentions chairing a group for a larger study called the "Study of Critical Environmental Problems" ("SCEP" study for short), which wrote on human influences on climate, and discusses the challenges of getting scientists to work together, relating an anecdote about having to fire a dynamic meteorologist.

Ed Wolff, Nancy Gauss Boulder, CO University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Doug Lilly UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection

Douglas K. Lilly was a renowned meteorologist who had a significant impact on the field of atmospheric sciences. Although Lilly completed his undergraduate work in physics at Stanford University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, he always envisioned going into meteorology.

Nancy Gauss Boulder, CO University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Roland Madden UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection

Roland (Rol) Madden, an American meteorologist who was a staff scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) from 1967 to 2002. His research centers on diagnostic studies of the atmosphere. 

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Gerald Meehl, Laura Hoff Boulder, CO University Corporation for Atmospheric Research