Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST) is proud to announce the hiring of Dr. L. DeWayne Cecil as the firm’s program manager of the Climate Data Records (CDR) Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) located in Asheville, NC.
The CDR Program is chartered to provide a definitive set of multi-decadal satellite data records for the detection and analysis of climate change. The program’s goal is to assist NCDC to better inform the public and enable decision makers to plan and respond to climate-related events in a more effective and timely manner.
NCDC is the world’s largest active archive of climate data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC operates the World Data Center for Meteorology co-located at NCDC in Asheville, NC, and the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology located in Boulder, CO.
GST provides the CDR Program project management, project control, and oversight services under the current contract and NOAA program support through several other related contract vehicles.
Dr. Cecil comes to GST from NOAA where he served as the Western Region Climate Services Director in the National Weather Service, Western Regional Office, Salt Lake City, Utah. Previously he served as Chief for Science Applications in the U.S. Geological Survey, Global Change Program Office; as Chief Scientist/Systems Engineer/Senior Science Advisor for NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, Science Mission Directorate; and as a Research Physical Scientist with the USGS.
“Dr. Cecil has demonstrated leadership, project execution and program development experience including leadership of field research in high-alpine glacial and cave environments around the world,” said GST CEO, Chieh-san Cheng.
“The CDR Program is critically important to NOAA’s climate goal,” said Cheng. “Dr. Cecil has a distinct understanding of these goals, and we feel he will elevate our ability to support the National Climatic Data Center’s CDR Program, nationally and internationally.”
Dr. Cecil has received numerous awards and honors as a result of educational, professional, and research experience; and has served as a member of many national and international panels and committees, and membership in professional organizations. Dr. Cecil has more than 80 journal articles, professional papers, and textbook contributions.
“I appreciate the NOAA leaders at NCDC who worked so hard as champions of the CDR Program to get it funded and acknowledged that in order to understand long-term data records, satellite data needs to be reprocessed. I believe this to be important work and I’m proud to lend my skills and experience.”
He received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences/Hydrogeology, Hydrochemistry from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Cecil also has a M.S. in Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
For more information, contact Chris Moren directly at Chris.Moren@gst.com.