2016 Rasmusson Lecture

Climate and Conflict
Abstract Brochure

Dr. Isaac Held
NOAA GFDL, Princeton University

Date/Time: 31 March (Thursday); 6:00pm
Reception: 5:00pm

Auditorium (Rm 2400), Computer & Space Science Bldg.
Stadium Drive, University of Maryland,College Park, MD Directions Parking

Past Lecturers:
2011: John KutzbachAbstract Brochure Pictures
2012: George PhilanderAbstract Brochure Pictures 2013: Mike WallaceAbstract Brochure Pictures
2014: Mark CaneAbstract Brochure

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science launched The Eugene Rasmusson Lectures in 2011 to honor its distinguished member, Emeritus Research Professor Eugene M. Rasmusson who joined the department in May 1986. Gene Rasmusson is known for pioneering contributions to climate science, including seminal work in organizing and analyzing atmospheric general circulation data, an effort begun during his graduate studies at MIT under Victor Starr. Gene's analysis of moisture transport and flux-convergence yielded the first residual estimate of evapotranspiration for the North American continent; estimates that stand to this date. Gene Rasmusson is, perhaps, most widely known for his observational description of the evolution of El Nino Southern Oscillation. His characterization of the ocean-atmosphere state in the nascent, mature, and decaying ENSO phase fostered theoretical and numerical modeling of ENSO - an influential mode of interannual variability whose modeling has advanced the accuracy of seasonal climate prediction.

Gene is widely recognized for his scientific contributions. He has been honored with the Victor Starr lectureship at MIT, George Benton lectureship at Johns Hopkins, and the Robert Horton lectureship af the American Meteorological Society. Gene received the Jule Charney award from the AMS in 1989. Gene Rasmusson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Gene's community leadership (as AMS President) and scientific leadership at the National Research Council (including as CRC Chair) and NOAA has advanced climate monitoring, analysis, and prediction activities. The American Meteorological Society honored Gene with a named symposium in 2007, and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science launched a lecture series in 2011 to honor Gene. The department is looking forward to welcome Prof. John Kutzbach as the First Eugene Rasmusson Lecturer.

The Rasmusson Lectures Fund

The University of Maryland has established The Eugene Rasmusson Lectures Fund to support this annual lecture series. Your charitable contribution can be made here, and is gratefully acknowledged. The Charter Donor Friends Circle begins at the $500 level.

The Rasmusson Symposium, 2007 AMS Annual Meeting