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Hanover Scientist Named Geophysical Union Fellow

Hanover — Dr. Donald Perovich, of Hanover, was recently elected an American Geophysical Union Fellow for his fundamental work in sea ice optics and understanding of the ice-albedo feedback now affecting the Arctic sea ice cover. Albedo values indicate how well a surface reflects solar energy.

Perovich is a researcher with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover.

His primary research focuses on the interaction of solar radiation with sea ice and its importance in the climate system.

He studies key climate processes, such as the ice albedo feedback, through field, laboratory and modeling studies. Perovich’s contributions have served the cryospheric and earth sciences communities for more than three decades.

Perovich has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Michigan State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in geophysics from the University of Washington.

He is a member of the International Glaciological Society and American Geophysics Union, serves as a chairman for the Climate and Cryosphere Arctic Sea Ice Working Group, and is a member of numerous committees. He has received a number of awards, including the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the National Science Foundation Arctic Service Award.

Perovich has served as an adjunct professor at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering. His work is internationally recognized, with more than 150 papers published in peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Geophysics and Geophysical Research Letters.

The AGU selects less than one tenth of one percent of all members in any given year as fellows. — Staff report