As the Chief Climatologist for Global Science & Technology, Inc. (GST), Dr. Cecil is responsible for the GST Climate Enterprise and currently serves as the Senior Program Manager of the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) support services program (a consolidation of all the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Data Centers) at the NCEI office located in Asheville, NC. Additionally, Dr. Cecil is responsible for the strategic development and growth of existing and new climate business and for developing and maintaining key agency and partner relationships.
The NCEI 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 NCEI to better inform the public, enable decision makers to plan and respond to climate-related events in a more effective and timely manner, and to provide systems engineering/software development professionals for Climate Data Records (CDR) algorithm development and sustainment.
NCEI is the world’s largest active archive of in-situ and satellite data. NCEI produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCEI operates the World Data Center for Meteorology co-located at NCEI in Asheville, NC, and the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology located in Boulder, CO.
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 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
He received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Cecil also has a M.S. in Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering from Drexel University and a B.S in Science and Environmental Change from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.