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Posted 4/2/2015

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By Marie Darling, ERDC PAO

HANOVER, N.H. - U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) Research Physical Scientist Jay Clausen was recently nominated as a member of the Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) Science Advisory Committee (SAC), by long-standing MWO member and CRREL Scientist Dr. Charles Ryerson.  Clausen replaces Ryerson, who will retire later this year. 

The SAC’s role is to plan for future research and resources and to educate observatory members and the public about the science activities at MWO. The MWO is a nonprofit research and educational institution working to advance understanding of the Earth’s weather and climate.

“I am interested being involved with providing input for the public outreach program,” said Clausen.  “There are possibilities for different types of research at the observatory, and the board is tasked with guiding these research efforts.”

The highest peak in the Northeastern U.S., Mount Washington is known for its extreme weather conditions and, until 2010, had the worlds highest recorded wind speed of 372 km/hour (231 miles per hour).

Clausen joins former CRREL “embedded” Researcher Dr. Kathy Geiger, an associate professor at the University of Delaware, also recently elected into membership; his nominated status will continue a sustained relationship with CRREL and the MWO.