Richard “Rit” Carbone

Richard Carbone

Title: Chief Scientist Emeritus
Company: Earth Observing Laboratory, the National Center for Atmospheric Research
Location: Boulder, Colorado, United States

Richard “Rit” Carbone, Chief Scientist Emeritus at the Earth Observing Laboratory at The National Center for Atmospheric Research, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in meteorology.

Recognized as a pioneer in his field, Mr. Carbone is dedicated to his research related to weather and climate prediction, the use of meteorological radar, the atmospheric dynamics of weather, and the physics of clouds. He loves being able to use his knowledge to advance meteorology, and his achievements include being at the forefront of the development and growth of the Doppler radar and being the founding chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Program, which was the result of an address to 95 nations and a unanimous vote. The program is still part of the United Nations today, and is going strong.

Mr. Carbone is currently a chief scientist emeritus at the Earth Observing Laboratory at The National Center for Atmospheric Research and is utilizing his extensive background into his role as a visiting colleague in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Hawaii. He enjoys connecting with his peers and the younger generations, and has taken up a variety of leadership positions over the course of his professional journey. He served the Earth Observing Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as the chief scientist for strategic research and development from 2012 to 2015, a science advisor from 2009 to 2012, and the interim director in 2004, as well as with the Institute for Integrative & Multidisciplinary Earth Science at The National Center for Atmospheric Research from 2005 to 2009. Further, the National Center for Atmospheric Research employed Mr. Carbone as the interim director of the Atmospheric Technology Division from 2003 to 2004, the section head of prediction diagnostics in the MMM Division from 2002 to 2004, a senior scientist in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division from 1994 to 2001, the director of the Atmospheric Technology Division from 1989 to 1994, and a senior scientist in the Atmospheric Technology Division from 1988 to 1994. In addition, he has served as a research meteorologist in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Probing at the University of Chicago, operations analyst at the Grumman Aerospace Corporation division of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, and chief scientist at the United States Weather Research Program.

In addition to his work in the field Mr. Carbone has been involved with his industry in various regards. He was on the president search committee of UCAR, the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate for the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council, the science advisory board subcommittee of the Climate Working Group of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the CSC review and science education advisory committee of Howard University, the University of Texas at El Paso, Jackson State University, the University of Illinois, and the University at Albany. Other notable roles include vice president of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics of IAMAS, U.S. delegate to the XIII Congress Commission on Atmospheric Sciences for the World Meteorological Organization, executive committee member and chairman of the annual meeting committee of the American Meteorological Committee, and chair of the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center Review Committee of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. He gave House briefings on weather observations to Senator John Thune of South Dakota in 2015.

Throughout his career, Mr. Carbone’s research and efforts have resulted in more than 100 scholarly articles and more than 200 publications. He was most recently a contributing author for the Journal of Climate, the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, and the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, with whom he has a longstanding relationship dating back to 1968. He has also contributed to the Monthly Weather Review, the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, the Journal of Applied Meteorology, the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, and the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. Additionally, Mr. Carbone helped to produce such books as “McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 11th Edition” in 2012, “When Weather Matters: Science and Service to Meet Critical Societal Needs” in 2010, “Observing Weather and Climate from the Ground Up: A Nationwide Network of Networks” in 2009, and “Weather Forecasting Accuracy for FAA Traffic Flow Management” in 2003, and was the editor of the Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology from 1982 to 1986.

In recognition of his success, Mr. Carbone was an Industry Expert Nominee in 2017, a Publication Prize recipient from UCAR in 2016, a Hall of Fame inductee at Brien McMahon High School, and a Publication Prize recipient from NCAR in 2002 and 1982. He has also been honored with the Cleveland Abbe Award for Distinguished Service to Atmospheric Science by an Individual, a fellowship from the American Meteorological Society, and the DB Harris Lecturer Award from the Department of Meteorology at Texas A&M University. His professional designations include Master of Science in atmospheric physics from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in meteorology and oceanography from New York University.

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