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M. Atlas has been selected as the new director of NOAA’s Atlantic
Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Fla. The laboratory
conducts research in oceanography, tropical meteorology, atmospheric
and oceanic chemistry, and climate. Atlas is expected to begin Aug.
Atlas is the chief meteorologist for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Atmospheres in Greenbelt, Md. Prior to this position, Atlas headed the NASA Data Assimilation Office at Goddard during 1998 – 2003.
During his years with NASA, Atlas was a principal investigator on numerous studies aimed at advancing the understanding of air-sea-land interactions through the use of satellite observations. He pioneered efforts to demonstrate the beneficial impact of satellite temperature soundings and surface winds data on weather prediction. Atlas studies the formation, movement, and intensification of hurricanes with the aid of computer models and satellite observations.
Atlas holds a Ph.D. in meteorology and oceanography from New York University, and his dissertation involved ocean modeling.
AOML has been without a permanent director since Kristina Katsaros retired in September 2003. Judith Gray and Peter Ortner have served as acting directors until a permanent director was hired. Ortner will remain as AOML’s chief scientist and Gray will resume her duties as deputy director.
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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.
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