NOAA Hurricane Research Director to Receive AMS Suomi Award

December 2, 2010

Frank Marks.

Frank Marks, Ph.D., director of hurricane research at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami

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Frank Marks, Ph.D., director of hurricane research at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, will receive the prestigious Verner E. Suomi Award by the American Meteorological Society. Marks will receive the Suomi medallion at the AMS 91st Annual Meeting in Seattle on Jan. 26, 2011.

The Suomi award is presented in recognition of highly significant technological achievement in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. The 14th recipient of the prestigious award, Marks is being honored for his creative use of airborne Doppler radar and other technologies to advance understanding of the dynamics of tropical cyclones.

“I am delighted and extremely proud that the AMS has recognized Dr. Marks for his landmark contributions to airborne Doppler radar observations,” said Robert Atlas, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. “His vision and passion to develop and apply Doppler radar technology for tropical meteorology field research has allowed for tremendous improvement in understanding hurricane structure and rainfall, benefiting the scientific community and the nation.”

Marks began his career with NOAA after earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He has worked as a research meteorologist in AOML’s Hurricane Research Division since 1980 and as the division director since 2003.

Over the course of his career, Marks has flown more than 200 research missions in tropical cyclones aboard NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft, the flying laboratories that carry the radar he helped develop and establish as an integral hurricane observation tool. His research focus is in radar remote sensing — ground-based, airborne and spaceborne — of tropical cyclones and mesoscale convective systems to understand the storm kinematic and precipitation structure.

“I am deeply honored by this recognition and want to recognize all of my colleagues within NOAA who helped to make it possible, especially those who maintain and operate the research aircraft and whose dedication and skill made my accomplishments possible,” Marks said.

In addition to the Suomi Award, Marks has received other awards during his tenure with NOAA, including many for his outstanding performance as a federal manager and leader in the scientific community.

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