Dr. Kim Winton, Director of the South Central Climate Science Center, has been appointed as a Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) Fellow
at the University of Oklahoma. The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies
(CIMMS) was established in 1978 as a cooperative program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) and The University of Oklahoma
(OU). CIMMS provides a mechanism to link the scientific and technical resources of OU and NOAA to create a center of research excellence in mesoscale meteorology, regional climate studies, and related subject areas. CIMMS-supported scientists and students conduct research in mesoscale dynamics, radar research, development, and analysis, atmospheric electricity, severe storms, cloud microphysics, and boundary layer studies, with increasing emphasis in recent years on the climatic effects of/controls on mesoscale processes, the socioeconomic impact of such phenomena, and climate change monitoring and detection. CIMMS is one of 18 NOAA Cooperative Institutes
in 21 states.The responsibilities of a CIMMS Fellow include promotion of cooperation and scientific collaborations among Institutions, Departments and individuals participating in CIMMS; participation in CIMMS projects and programs; foster growth of the Institutes and review CIMMS activities and provide input for the Annual Report.