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Dr. Alan K. Betts

Dr. Alan K. Betts


Atmospheric Research
58 Hendee Lane
05763 Pittsford, VT, United States


 Dr. Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford is Vermont’s leading climate researcher. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state and is co-chair of the cross-cutting working group of the Vermont Climate Collaborative. He is a commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and a columnist for the Sunday Environment section of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus. His website includes his research, his public talks and writings explaining climate change.

 Address:              Atmospheric Research, 58 Hendee Lane, Pittsford, VT 05763

Email:                 akbetts@aol.com

Website:             http://alanbetts.com

Education:          B.A.    Natural Sciences (Theoretical Physics, Class I)

Cambridge, England, 1967.

                               M.A.      Cambridge, England, 1971

                Ph.D.     Meteorology, London, 1970

                Post Doctoral   Colorado State University, 1970-71

 Professional Experience:

 1979- present      Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

1971-1979           Assistant and Associate Professor, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

 Professional Affiliations and Activities:

 Fellow, American Meteorological Society

Fellow, American Geophysical Union

Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

President, Vermont Academy of Science & Engineering, 2005-2007

 Honors and Awards:

 Lord Kelvin Scholar, Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1966

L.F. Richardson Prize (Royal Meteorological Society), 1974

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1976

American Meteorological Society Special Award for the GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment, 1977

American Meteorological Society Meisinger Award, 1978

American Meteorological Society Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology, 2004

American Meteorological Society Jule G. Charney Award, 2007

 Publications: [see research page for full details]

Author or co-author of more than 140 reviewed papers in Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of Climate, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Journal of Geophysical Research, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and other journals.   

 Atmospheric Research was established in Vermont in 1979. Its mission is to understand the earth’s weather and climate, to develop improved earth system models and to help society understand the deep challenge that global climate change presents to humanity.

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01.12.2010 Article: All pubs are at http://alanbetts.com/research
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Climate Change, Clouds and Precipitation, Boundary Layer Meteorology, Convection Experiments, Land surface interactions