Tom Karl Named Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 12:59

Today, Shere Abbott, associate director of environment for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, nominated Tom Karl, the Department of Commerce's principal representative to the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, to serve as the group's next Chair. The Subcommittee includes representatives from 13 Federal Agencies and steers the activities of the USGCRP. Tom is currently the transitional director of the NOAA Climate Service.

Abbott also nominated Tim Killeen, Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation as Vice Chair for Strategic Planning and Research.

Tom Karl's appointment as chair of the subcommittee reinforces NOAA's long standing history of contributions to the USGCRP. NOAA is a lead Federal agency in the provision of trusted climate science and information, is a co-chair of the White House Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, and one of the lead agencies in the ongoing National Assessment process. 

Tom will take on this new leadership role, while continuing to provide guidance for the development of a proposed Climate Service within NOAA. During his appointment, Scott Hausman, will serve as Acting Director of NCDC, and Sharon LeDuc will serve as Acting Deputy Director.

As director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., Tom has helped develop and implement internationally recognized standards for data quality.  He has played a key role in reports developed by the USGCRP and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

He served as Co-Chair of the USGCRP's US National Assessment and its recent Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States report.  Additionally, Karl was the convening lead author for the Observations Chapter for the IPCC's Third Assessment Report and was the review editor for the chapter on Observations for its Fourth Assessment Report. He has been the convening and lead author and review editor of all the major IPCC assessments since 1990.

He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has recently completed his term as president. He is also a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and several books as editor and contributor.

He has received many awards for his work in services and scientific contributions in climate-related work including: two Presidential Rank Awards, five Gold Medals from the Department of Commerce and two Bronze Medals; the American Meteorological Society's Suomi Award; National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences; the NOAA Administrator's Award, and several others. 

Tim Killeen is currently Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation and is the former Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Past President of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Killeen has been the Principal Investigator for many research projects for NASA, NSF, and the U.S. Air Force.  These programs include an extensive ground-based network of remote automated optical observatories, including two in Greenland, one in Michigan, one in Chile, and one in Northern Canada.