Timeline Exploration -- 1990 - 1999

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Biographical Highlights

  • 1990 Began serving on the Secretary of Energy's Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee.
  • 1994 Elected President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).
  • 1997 Induction into the National Academy of Sciences Portrait Collection of African Americans in Science, Engineering and Medicine.
  • 1998 Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer.
  • 1999 Awarded the Dr. Charles Anderson Award from the American Meteorological Society for pioneering efforts as a mentor and passionate support of individuals, educational programs, and outreach initiatives designed to foster a diverse population of atmospheric scientists.


  • 1990 Manuscript by Warren, "The Saga of my Greenhouse Effect on the White House". (read)
  • 1990 Memo from Warren to Dr. John H. Sununu, President George H. W. Bush's Chief of Staff, giving instructions for installing software and running a demonstration version of a one-dimensional climate model. (read)
  • 1990 Letter to President George H. W. Bush's Chief of Staff, John Sununu, answering questions about how various greenhouse warming calculations are derived. (read)
  • 1990 Summary of presentation to UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by Warren and Gerald A. Meehl, entitled "A Brief Description of New NCAR Results on Regional Climate Change Caused by Increasing Greenhouse Gases". (read)
  • 1990 Thank-you letter from U.K. Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, for Warren's paper entitled, "A Brief Description of New NCAR Results on Regional Climate Change Caused by Increasing Greenhouse Gases". (read)
  • 1991 Proposal to University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) concerning the organization of the Black Environmental Science Trust (BEST), with Warren as co-founder and President. The organization promotes black participation in scientific careers. (read)
  • 1991 Rough, handwritten plans for Black Environmental Science Trust (BEST). (read)
  • 1992 Mission and strategy overview for Black Environmental Science Trust (BEST). (read)
  • 1993 Invitation for Warren to take part in the Clinton-Gore transition team on the Science, Space and Technology Cluster, headed by Sally Ride (first U.S. woman astronaut). (read)
  • 1994 Letter from John H. Gibbons, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology (President Bill Clinton), advising Warren on next steps for his nomination and congressional approval as a member of the National Science Board (NSB). (read)
  • 1998 Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture. (read)

Photographs, Figures, Posters

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Tim Killeen, Warren Washington, and Rick Anthes pose together. Warren holds a gift. 1993 Warren on the 40th anniversary of his coming to NCAR. Pictured left to right: Tim Killeen (NCAR Director), Warren, Rick Anthes (UCAR President).
Warren Washington emerges from a tent. 1997 Warren visiting the area where rocks from Mars can be found near the South Pole.
Warren on a ladder at the opening of a tunnel surrounded by snow. 1997 Warren inspecting the tunnels under the South Pole station.
People wearing cold weather gear walk towards a square, tunnel-like entrance surrounded by snow. The dome at the South Pole Station is in the background. 1997 The entrance to the South Pole Station.
Warren, left, and Neal, right are seated next to each other and looking towards each other. 1998 Warren and Neal Lane, the Clinton Administration White House Science Advisor.


Animations, Movies, Audio

Media Info Availability Media Type
1990 Interview with Warren about his decision to come to NCAR as a Post Doc, and the nature of NCAR in its early days (total run time: 00:08:06). Download audio_file
1990 Interview with Warren about the early days of the General Circulation Model and NCAR science (total run time 00:07:26). Download audio_file

Publications (Published and Refereed)

Below are the 5 most recent publication(s) for the timeframe 2000 to 2010. Would you like to see the full results?

Washington, W. M., R. Knutti, G. A. Meehl, H. Teng, C. Tebaldi, D. M. Lawrence, L. E. Buja, W. Gary. Strand, 2009: How much climate change can be avoided by mitigation?. Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, doi: 10.1029/2008GL037074, L08703

Washington, W. M., J. Drake, L. E. Buja, D. Anderson, D. Bader, R. Dickinson, D. Erickson, P. R. Gent, S. Ghan, P. Jones, R. Jacob, 2009: The use of the Climate-science Computational end Station (CCES) development and grand challenge team for the next IPCC assessment: An operational plan. J. Phys.: Conf. Series, 125, 012024

Washington, W. M., L. E. Buja, A. Craig, 2008: The computational future for climate and Earth system models: On the path to petaflop and beyond. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 367, doi: 10.1098/rsta.2008.0219, 833-846

Santer, B. D., C. Mears, F. J. Wentz, K. E. Taylor, P. J. Gleckler, T. M. L. Wigley, T. P. Barnett, J. S. Boyle, W. Brueggemann, N. P. Gillett, S. A. Klein, G. A. Meehl, T. Nozawa, D. W. Pierce, P. A. Stott, W. M. Washington, M. F. Wehner, 2007: Identification of human-induced changes in atmospheric moisture content. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 104, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0702872104, 15248-15253

Teng, H., W. M. Washington, G. A. Meehl, 2007: Interannual variations and future change of wintertime extratropical cyclone activity over North America in CCSM3. Clim. Dyn., 10.1007/s00382-007-0314-1