Cold Regions Lab retires sea ice expert

Published Nov. 9, 2017
Cold Regions Lab retires sea ice expert

At a recent retirement ceremony at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, J.D. Horne presents the CRREL plaque to Dr. Donald Perovich.

Cold Regions Lab retires sea ice expert

During one of his many Arctic field trips, geophysicist Dr. Donald Perovich takes measurements of the sea ice cover while standing with instrumentation in a melt pond. The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Hanover site recently retired Perovich in a ceremony at the New Hampshire laboratory.

HANOVER, N.H. (Oct. 27, 2017) -- Dr. Donald Perovich, an internationally recognized Arctic sea ice expert, recently retired from the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

During a 31 year career, Perovich established himself as one of the preeminent experts on the Arctic sea ice domain. In 1986, he joined CRREL’s technical staff as a research geophysicist. He became an international leader in the optical, physical and morphological properties of sea ice and made significant contributions to the cryosphere and Earth science communities by linking the role of sea ice in the climate system. His expertise was developed through hands-on participation in many Arctic field experiments.

As chief scientist for the year-long Surface Heat and Energy Budget of the Arctic field program in 1997-1998, he successfully led more than 200 researchers from 10 countries in the study of ice-albedo and cloud-radiation feedback. Additionally, his participation on numerous other expeditions, as well as his leadership in the development and deployment of autonomous ice mass balance buoys provided profound insights into the role of sea ice in the climate system.

Perovich’s research has led to a rich portfolio of publications, editorships and presentations, including more than 193 authored or co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters; and 56 invited talks at conferences and meetings. He is particularly well respected for his exceptional ability to explain the complexity of sea ice dynamics to the general public.

At the retirement ceremony, Perovich said during his parting words, “I’ve had the great privilege to study sea ice… CRREL is where I learned to become a scientist.”