Dr. Meghan Cronin of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory has been named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Fellows make outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years. New fellows account for no more than two-tenths of 1 percent of all AMS Members each year.
Dr. Cronin leads the Ocean Climate Stations (OCS) Project using autonomous platforms, including moored buoys and uncrewed surface vehicles (USV), to make meteorological and oceanic measurements to help validate numerical model and satellite products and improve our understanding of air-sea interactions and their role within the climate system. OCS has led multiple saildrone USV missions to the tropical Pacific and maintains longterm surface moorings at Station Papa in the NE Pacific and at the Kuroshio Extension Observatory (KEO) in the NW Pacific, both of which are part of the global network of OceanSITES reference stations.
With over 90 peer-reviewed publications and an h-index of 34, Dr. Cronin currently serves on several international panels and committees including the Global Climate Observing System/Global Ocean Observing System’s Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC), the second Cooperative Study of Kuroshio and its Adjacent Regions (CSK-2) steering group and OceanSITES Executive Committee and Steering Team. An affiliate professor at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography, she particularly enjoys mentoring undergraduate summer interns, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and Early Career Ocean Professionals around the world.
Dr. Cronin co-chairs the Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS), a UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development programme that is developing a practical, integrated approach to observing air-sea interactions through capacity development, leveraged multi-disciplinary and international activities, and advancement of understanding. For those at AMS Annual Meeting, join Meghan at the NOAA Booth (#201) on Tuesday, January 10 at 2:45 pm Mountain Time to hear more.