The American Meteorological Society has awarded the 2013 Francis W. Reichelderfer Award to Doug Wilson, of Annapolis, MD. The recently retired NOAA oceanographer led the development and growth of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System from 2006-2012 while at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. The AMS Francis W. Reichelderfer Award is given in recognition of distinguished contributions to the provision of operational environmental services to the public.
The Award was presented January 9, 2013 at the 93rd AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX by AMS President and Director of the NOAA NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Dr. Louis Uccellini. In particular, the Award was given “ For design and implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System, providing critical environmental data to operational users and the public.”
Annual award nominees are solicited from the AMS membership; nominations are accompanied by letters of support. The value of CBIBS and Doug’s work on the system were supported by recommendations from the Wakefield and Sterling, VA NOAA National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices. The selection committee is composed of members from the AMS Scientific and Technological Activities Commission, the Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee, the Board for Operational Government Meteorologists, the Hydrology Committee, and the Coastal Environment Committee – indicating the broad range of CBIBS impacts.
Doug Wilson serves on the Board of Directors of MARACOOS, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association for Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems, and as Project Coordinator for IOCARIBE-GOOS, the Global Ocean Observing System Regional Alliance for the Wider Caribbean. He continues to support CBIBS management and operations as well as other coastal and ocean observing system applications worldwide through his consulting company, Caribbean Wind LLC, in Annapolis, Maryland.