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University of Illinois climatologist Stan Changnon's scientific works honored

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[JAN. 31, 2004]  The American Meteorological Society has recognized Stan Changnon for his long career of contributions to the field of applied climatology. Changnon, a climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey, is also an adjunct professor in the geography and atmospheric sciences departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The meteorological society had its 84th annual meeting Jan. 11-15 in Seattle, Wash., where a daylong session was devoted to Changnon's work. Nine scientists presented talks on scientific achievements and various aspects of his work, and Changnon reviewed the status of applied climatology.

Among the speakers at the special symposium were Joe Schaefer, director, Severe Storms Prediction Center; Kelly Redmond, senior climatologist, Desert Research Institute; David Changnon, professor of geography, Northern Illinois University; Michael Glantz, head, Environmental-Societal Programs, National Center for Atmospheric Research; and Richard Dirks, director of research, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

A reception and dinner followed.


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A luncheon in Changnon's honor earlier in the day featured four speakers: Tom Karl, director, National Climatic Data Center; Greg Johnson, head, Applied Climate Committee; Ken Kunkel, head, Atmospheric Sciences Section, ISWS; and Nolan Doeskin, state climatologist, Colorado State University.

The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Founded in 1919, the society has a membership of more than 11,000 professionals, professors, students and weather enthusiasts.

[Illinois State Water Survey news release]

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