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Department of Commerce Bronze Medal
Overview: The Department of Commerce Bronze Medal is the third of three honor awards of the United States Department of Commerce.
Recipients by year
2021
Stan Benjamin

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For improving lake-effect snow and ice forecasts through the rapid transition of an innovative coupling of weather and coastal hydrodynamic models. They showed that using the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) data improves HRRR forecasts of lake-effect snow and general forecasts in all seasons over the Great Lakes region. In turn, HRRR forecasts are used to drive the FVCOM model over the Great Lakes, so HRRR weather forecast improvements lead to more accurate FVCOM predictions of lake conditions. Eric James and Tanya Smirnova will be acknowledged by CIRES for their role in developing this model.

2021

Category/Organization

For improving lake-effect snow and ice forecasts through the rapid transition of an innovative coupling of weather and coastal hydrodynamic models. They showed that using the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) data improves HRRR forecasts of lake-effect snow and general forecasts in all seasons over the Great Lakes region. In turn, HRRR forecasts are used to drive the FVCOM model over the Great Lakes, so HRRR weather forecast improvements lead to more accurate FVCOM predictions of lake conditions. Eric James and Tanya Smirnova will be acknowledged by CIRES for their role in developing this model.

2021
Forrest Hobbs

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Forrest Hobbs: For successful transition and award of $553M HPC Integrator contract three months ahead of schedule with no protests

2021

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Jennifer Mahoney - For expeditiously and skillfully Coordinating research that leveraged the unique scientific opportunity resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

2021

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Georg Grell - For the development of the Global Ensemble Forecast System - Aerosols (GEFS-Aerosols) model to support air quality alerts and visibility forecasts.

2021

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Stan Benjamin and Curtis Alexander for improving lake-effect snow and ice forecasts through a rapid transition of an innovative coupling of weather and coastal hydrodynamic models.

2021
Stan Benjamin

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Stan Benjamin and Curtis Alexander for improving lake-effect snow and ice forecasts through a rapid transition of an innovative coupling of weather and coastal hydrodynamic models.

2020

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Jeff Vanbuskirk for identifying and implementing innovative data center upgrades to increase efficiency and resiliency for Research Supercomputing in NOAA.

2015

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Scott Nahman for dedication in acquiring supercomputing services to sustain production of the Nation’s operational numerical weather and climate forecast systems.

2015
Phyllis Gunn

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William B. Bendel, Fanthune Moeng, Wilfred G. Von Dauster, Vivian A. LeFebvre, Alexander E. MacDonald, Phyllis Gunn, Rhonda Lange for achieving the 100th worldwide Science On a Sphere® installation and continuing to grow its global engagement of the public in NOAA science.

2015
Group / Lab Award

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William B. Bendel, Fanthune Moeng, Wilfred G. Von Dauster, Vivian A. LeFebvre, Alexander E. MacDonald, Phyllis Gunn, Rhonda Lange for achieving the 100th worldwide Science On a Sphere® installation and continuing to grow its global engagement of the public in NOAA science.

2010
Seth Gutman

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Seth Gutman for his innovative contributions to the development of the Coastal Atmospheric River Monitoring and Early Warning System.

2010

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Stan Benjamin, John Brown, Steve Weygandt for developing the first NCEP operational radar reflectivity assimilation technique and improving convective storm forecasting.

2010
John Brown

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Stan Benjamin, John Brown, Steve Weygandt for developing the first NCEP operational radar reflectivity assimilation technique and improving convective storm forecasting.

2010
Stan Benjamin

Category/Organization

Stan Benjamin, John Brown, Steve Weygandt for developing the first NCEP operational radar reflectivity assimilation technique and improving convective storm forecasting.