Climate City was the place to be in late March 2019, as climate scientists converged in Asheville for a weekend of knowledge sharing and knowledge building, from the Climate City Expo at The Collider, to the Atmospheric Sciences Alumni Conference at UNC Asheville. More than 30 alumni returned to their undergraduate alma mater, March 29 and 30, 2019, bringing their expertise back to campus and celebrating 40 years of academic excellence. The Atmospheric Sciences Department at UNC Asheville was established in 1979 and has led in the educational sector with collaborations throughout the city.
As Jake Crouch ’07, now chief of staff at the National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville stated, “We are at the center of weather and climate and focused on everything from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the ocean.”
Alumni attending the conference exemplified that breadth and depth of career opportunities, with Philippe Papin ’11 and Chad Hutchins ’08 sharing their work with the Naval Research Laboratory and Stacey Porter ’06 with The Ohio State University sharing field notes from an Expedition to the Quelccaya Ice Cap, just to name a few. Several alumni crossed the country through their work with the National Weather Service, coming back to campus from their stations in Portland, Oregon; Morristown, Tennessee; Eureka, California; and Jackson Mississippi.
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