Warren M. Washington

birth: 1936-



Warren Washington became one of the first developers of atmospheric computer models in the early 1960s at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. These computer models use the fundamental laws of physics to predict the future states of the atmosphere. Because these equations are so complex, it is nearly impossible to solve them without a large computer system. Washington's book (with Claire Parkinson) An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling is a standard reference. In later years, Dr. Washington worked with others to incorporate ocean and sea ice physics as part of a climate model. Such models now involve atmospheric, ocean, sea ice, surface hydrology, and vegetation components.

From 1974 to 1984, Warren Washington served on the President's National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere. In 1995, he was appointed by President Clinton to a six-year term on the National Science Board. In 1997, he was awarded the Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research Program Exceptional Service Award for Atmospheric Sciences in the development and application of advanced coupled atmospheric-ocean general circulation models to study the impacts of anthropogenic activities on future climates.


in the 1970s


references: [faces], [Mickens]


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