Dec 072010
Authors: Courtney Riley

CSU’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, CIRA, recently received $64.4 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, for research purposes under the leadership of Christian Kummerow, the director of CIRA.

Kummerow was named director of CIRA on Sept. 17. While his position focuses on keeping NOAA’s interest tied to the university, he will also be in charge of distributing the grant.

CIRA is a research institute within the College of Engineering. NOAA and CIRA study weather forecasting, marine forecasting and climate services.

Sandy Woods, the dean of the College of Engineering, said Kummerow is perfect for director of CIRA because he is internationally experienced in remote sensing, which includes studies in weather, air quality, clouds and climate.

Kummerow has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Minnesota.

His specific area of research is climate-related issues, such as how much rain there is, if it’s changing and how it’s changing.

“Dr. Kummerow has done cutting-edge research of his own addressing questions of climate change, such as the implications of CO2, global warming and the modification of rainfall in warmer climates and environments,” said CSU Provost Rick Miranda in a press release. “He will continue CIRA’s good work of providing high-quality research to the scientific community.”

He plans to continue advocating joint research projects between staff members at CIRA and CSU faculty.

“Climate change is an important issue to mankind that has not been solved yet,” Kummerow said.

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