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2012 Awards

NOAA Awards

NOAA/CIRES Employees of the Year (Team) was awarded to GSD’s Stan Benjamin, Curtis Alexander, Eric James, Steven Peckham, Patrick Hofmann, Bill Moninger, Tanya Smirnova, Ming Hu, Joe Olson, and Xue Wei. They were responsible for the development, integration, and transition of the next generation of NOAA's hourly North American prediction, a foundation for realizing NOAA's 'Weather Ready Nation' strategies as well as position NOAA for emerging service areas.

Earth Systems Research Laboratory

70 Seconds of Science

Bill Moninger took 1st place in the annual challenge to "Explain what you do for NOAA in 70 seconds or less."

CIRA Awards

Research Initiative Award - Team

Jebb Stewart, Jeff Smith, Chris MacDermaid, and Randy Pierce were recognized for their work on the NOAA Environmental Information System (NEIS).

Research Initiative Award - Individual

Haidao Lin received the individual award for his work on satellite temperature and moisture bias corrections in the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model.

Service Initiative Award

Chris MacDermaid, for his efforts as GSD's representative on a number of NOAA and OAR working groups and committees, was honored with the Service Initiative Award.

CIRES Employees of the Year

Stan Benjamin, Curtis Alexander, Eric James, Steven Peckham, Patrick Hofmann, Bill Moninger, Tanya Smirnova, Ming Hu, Joe Olson, and Xue Wei were given the Team Award for CIRES Employee of the year. They were responsible for the development, integration, and transition of the next generation of NOAA's hourly North American prediction, a foundation for realizing NOAA's 'Weather Ready Nation' strategies as well as position NOAA for emerging service areas.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Awards

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology received Highly Commended Award in the Comcover Awards for Excellence 2012 – Risk Initiative for their Next Generation Forecast and Warning System Project, a major component of which was installing the Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE), designed, developed, and transferred by NOAA/ESRL/GSD/Information Systems Branch, in their forecasting offices.

In addition, just recently the Next Generation Forecast and Warning System Project featured prominently in the Excellence in eGovernment Awards that recognize the most outstanding initiatives in Government Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at the local, state, and federal level. These are very prestigious awards for Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.