AMS is the premier scientific organization dedicated to advancing the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services - all for the benefit of society. It is a great honor to have been nominated to serve on the AMS Council and, if elected, I will work hard to maintain the high standards of excellence of AMS, while building on its unique strengths to serve its membership and society in ever more effective ways. I see two main challenges facing the Society, which also offer opportunities for growth, and are components of the AMS Centennial Strategic goals. One is responding to the rapid evolution of new information technologies which can enhance how scientific communities interact, communicate, publish results, enrich learning, and inform important scientific and societal debates with sound science. The second is the need to augment the diversity of people and ideas into atmospheric and related sciences and reach out to young scientists from across our nation and around the globe to offer opportunities for growth and engagement. As Councilor, I will use my experience in scientific, academic and community leadership positions to engage the AMS leadership and membership to review elements of our programs and determine how we can best respond to address these challenges. Lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic for our fragile, complex and interconnected planet also offer opportunities to think about our future as a Society, the science learned from this once-in-a-lifetime “experiment” (from emissions and air quality, to economic and social shocks, to societal disparities, to plastics in the ocean), how to conduct meetings with a smaller footprint for our planet, and the importance of science for public decision making. In the next decade, AMS will be crucial for the creation and deployment of scientific, expert and reliable information related to atmospheric sciences, climate and the environment. In this manner, we will, working together, energize and empower the collective voice of our diverse community of scientists and stakeholders.
Efi Foufoula-Georgiou is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. From 1989-2016 she was at the University of Minnesota as the McKnight Distinguished Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and the NSF Center on Earth Surface Dynamics, and a Founding Fellow of the Institute on the Environment.
Foufoula-Georgiou’s research is on hydrology and hydro-climatology with special interest on space-time modeling of precipitation and landforms, global precipitation retrieval from microwave satellites, and prediction of hydroclimatic extremes. She has served as president of the Hydrology section of AGU, council member of AGU, chair of the Board of Directors of CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences), member of the Board of Trustees of UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research), Water Science and Technology Board of the NAS, Advisory Council for the NSF Geosciences Directorate, NASA Earth Sciences Subcommittee, and European Union advisory boards. She is currently a member of the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) of NAS, member of the Board of the Water Institute of the Gulf and serves in several AMS committees, including the Hydrologic Research Awards, Awards Oversight Committee, Awards Nominating Committee and AMS International Academic Volunteering Program. Foufoula-Georgiou has been the recipient of the Hydrologic Sciences Medal of AMS, the Horton Lecture award of AMS, the John Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Society, and the Hydrologic Sciences award and the Langbein Lecture award of AGU. She is a Fellow of AMS, AGU, and AAAS, and a member of the European Academy of Sciences (EAS) and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
She received her Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and her MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville.