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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 1999
LIU NAMED AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY FELLOW
Timothy Liu, project scientist on NASA's SeaWinds ocean
winds-observing mission, has been named a fellow of the American
Liu, a specialist in ocean and atmospheric interactions at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., leads an
international team of scientists monitoring wind speed and
direction over Earth's oceans to better understand and predict
weather, climate and environmental changes. Launched on June 19,
1999, SeaWinds has provided next-generation technology to assist
the scientific community and weather agencies in improving
weather forecasting and tracking global climate phenomena, such
as El Ninos and La Ninas.
Liu has been a senior research scientist at JPL since 1993.
In parallel with his position as SeaWinds project scientist, he
also leads JPL's air-sea interaction and climate team, made up of
meteorologists and oceanographers.
Liu was a principal investigator from 1992-97 on the NASA
Scatterometer mission, and serves as a principal investigator on
the joint U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon ocean topography mission. He
also works on the NASA Earth-Observing System series of missions
and on the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Tropical Rain
Liu is the recipient of many NASA honors, including the 1990
NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement for his
pioneering work in estimating ocean evaporation using space-based
data, and the 1998 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his
leadership in NASA Scatterometer mission science research.
As a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Liu
works with a scientific organization serving more than 11,000
Prior to joining JPL in 1979, Liu received his Ph.D. in
atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington in 1978.
He earned his master's degree in atmospheric sciences from the
same institution in 1974, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1971
with a bachelor's degree in physics from Ohio University, Athens.
Liu lives in Arcadia, Calif., with his wife, Chialing, and