Duane Kitzis is a research associate scientist in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory's Global Monitoring Division in Boulder, Colorado. His over 30 years of research relates to the NOAA/GMD/ Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. Primary management and research is for the global standards program providing calibration material for the measurement of greenhouse gases. As liaison to the UN/WMO global scientific community, private research and instrumentation companies, his logistics, contracting, consultation and administration of agreements provides calibration gases to many multi-national and domestic laboratories. Internal and external standards production often exceeds 400 standards per year. These are made by Duane at a remote mountain location where the air is cleaner. He is actively involved in the maintenance of the central calibration laboratory carbon dioxide scale and the standards calibration program.
After some years preforming rescue in Rocky Mountain National Park, teaching outdoor skills, technical climbing in the lower US, Alaska and South American Andes, he acquiesces to a softer life. On any day off, Duane may be hard to find, while hiking, skiing, climbing or kayaking up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Married 35 years, kids, truly meaningful work, life is good.