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Research physicist named director of Earth System Research Lab Chemical Sciences Division
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Research physicist named director of Earth System Research Lab Chemical Sciences Division

Craig McLean, the acting assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, announced Wednesday, December 24, that David Fahey, Ph.D., has been selected as the new director of the Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), in Boulder, Colorado, effective December 28, 2014.

An internationally recognized scientist with 35 years of experience at the NOAA lab, Fahey has contributed significantly to the development of NOAA’s research related to climate, the stratosphere, and atmospheric composition, as well as to international assessment activities on those topics.

CSD’s work to advance the scientific understanding of atmospheric chemical processes is essential to understanding and predicting changes in Earth’s environment. Leading this division is an important responsibility for NOAA and the Nation.

Fahey joined the laboratory in 1979 as a postdoctoral researcher after receiving advanced degrees in physics from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Missouri. His principal research interest is the measurements of trace gases and aerosols in the troposphere and lower stratosphere using instruments onboard research aircraft. His interpretative studies have addressed stratospheric ozone depletion, the photochemistry of nitrogen oxides, the formation of nitric acid containing aerosols, and the role of black carbon aerosol in climate.

He has served as a principal investigator and project scientist for a number of airborne sampling missions with NASA's research manned and unmanned aircraft and as a participant in several international scientific assessments of ozone depletion and climate. He is an author of the 2007 climate science assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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