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Thomas R. Karl, director of NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C., will receive an honorary doctorate from North Carolina State University on Dec. 18. Karl will receive the honor at the 2002 Fall commencement ceremony in Raleigh, N.C. The climate center is part of the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Karl, a native of Niles, Ill., currently lives in Asheville. He will receive the honorary degree in recognition of his dedication to advance the scientific understanding of climate, his ability to provide climate and weather data to industrial and business operations and for his steadfast leadership in the field of global climate change.

“Tom Karl is acknowledged worldwide for his expertise regarding the global climate. In awarding this honorary degree, North Carolina State recognizes his untiring efforts to increase the scientific community's knowledge of this important issue," said university Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. The honorary degree will be awarded by Chancellor Fox and the NSCU Board of Trustees.

Karl holds a master’s degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union and past chair of the National Academy of Sciences Climate Research Committee. He is an associate member of the National Academies. He has received numerous awards for his scholarly work on climate, including the Helmut Landsberg Award, the Climate Institute’s Outstanding Scientific Achievements Award, three Department of Commerce Gold Medals, a Bronze Medal, and the NOAA Administrator’s Award. Earlier this year, he received the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive Award. This award is presented to senior federal executives committed to excellence in public service.

Karl is currently an associate editor for Climatic Change and has been an editor for the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate. He has been a lead author on several Intergovernmental Panel Assessments of Climate Change since 1990, and was the co-chair of the U.S. National Assessment of Climate Variability and Change. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, been co-author or co-editor on numerous texts, and published over 200 technical reports and atlases. He has been a called upon by the Congress and the White House to testify and brief on matters related to climate variability and change and chairs NOAA Council on Long-term Climate Monitoring.

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