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College students from all across the country are spending their summer working with the nation’s top climate scientists and weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). NOAA is part of the Commerce Department.
For many years, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction has welcomed summer interns into its workforce. “For these students it’s more than a summer job,” said John Jones, acting director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “They are genuinely interested in monitoring and predicting weather and climate events.”
One stellar example is NCEP’s 2003 summer intern Joshua Larson and his mentor Wayne Higgins, Principal Scientist at NOAA Climate Prediction Center. Larson, a junior at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., is completing his fourth summer internship at NOAA. The product of these internships is a manuscript he has written entitled: Characteristics of landfalling tropical cyclones in the United States: Climatology and Interannual Variability, which is based on his research at the Climate Prediction Center. Larson’s paper has been submitted for publication in the Journal of Climate, the world’s leading climate journal.
“Josh’s research, relating landfalling tropical cyclones to El Niño, has significantly improved NOAA’s ability to produce skillful warm season precipitation forecasts for the Nation” said Dr. Higgins.
This year, NCEP’s 15 summer interns are from a variety of programs – the Goddard Space Flight Center Howard University Fellowship in Atmospheric Science (GoHFAS), NOAA Educational Partnership Program, The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (REU). Each summer program is managed separately and students must undergo a stringent application and selection process. Program managers make the selection and forward the names and information of the most promising students to NCEP’s Office of the Director.
“Clearly, program managers have selected students with a high propensity to succeed and advance in NCEP’s demanding scientific environment,” said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. “The interns who come to NCEP are poised to be the nation’s next generation climate scientists and weather forecasters and we are glad they are with us,” said Uccellini.
As with summers past, this year’s interns consist of math, science, information technology as well as liberal arts majors who are matched with an NCEP center and supervisor. The supervisor serves a dual role as mentor and colleague. The mentor helps the student choose a project based on agency need and the intern’s skills and interests, and sees the project through to completion.
This year’s interns, according to their host programs, are:
From the GoHFAS program:
From the NOAA Educational Partnership Program:
From the ORISE program:
National Science Foundation (NSF) RUC program:
The National Centers for Environmental Prediction, literally is Where America's Climate and Weather Services Begin. Virtually all meteorological data collected around the globe arrives at NCEP, where environmental scientists, meteorologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, oceanographers and physicists analyze this information and generate a wide variety of environmental, climate and weather guidance and information for the public. These products and services respond to a plethora of user needs, which serve as the basis to undergird the nation's growing need for the most up-to-date environmental data, news and information.
The Commerce Department’s NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.
On the Web:
NSF’s RUC program: http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/start.htm
Human Resources: http://www.noaa.gov/jobs.html