Changnon Honored at AMS Meeting, Illinois State Water Survey

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For Immediate Release January 20, 2004
Changnon Honored at AMS Meeting
Stan Changnon - (217) 244-0494, Fax: (217) 244-0220,
Eva Kingston - (217) 244-7270, Fax: (217) 333-6540,

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 at the Departments of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A day-long session at the 84th Annual AMS Meeting, held January 11–15 in Seattle, Washington, was devoted to Changnon’s work. Nine scientists presented talks on scientific achievements and different aspects of his work, and Changnon reviewed the status of applied climatology. Among the speakers at the special AMS 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.

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 AMS 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, AMS has a membership of more than 11 000 professionals, professors, students, and weather enthusiasts.

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