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Isaac Held, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration senior scientist working at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., has received the Presidential Rank Award for exceptional contributions to understanding and modeling Earth’s weather and climate.

Held was cited for providing much of the climate modeling expertise involved in the original design and implementation of GFDL’s Flexible Modeling System, which led to a stable, scalable software platform on which all of the laboratory’s modeling activities are now built. The success of this effort has helped motivate the creation of a nationwide Earth System Modeling Framework that will allow different modeling centers, both weather and climate, to share software and coordinate their activities in new ways.

The Presidential Rank Award is given to a select group of senior federal executives who have provided exceptional service to the American people.

“NOAA is proud to have Held recognized for his outstanding work,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Held‘s work has increased our capability to better understand and model Earth’s climate and weather.”

Held, head of the GFDL Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics Group, has been employed by NOAA since 1978. He holds many awards, including the 1999 Department of Commerce Gold Medal for “world leadership in studies of climate dynamics.”

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through research to better understand atmospheric and climate variability and to manage wisely our nation's coastal and marine resources.

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