Raymond Arritt
Photo of Raymond Arritt in his home
Born
Raymond Ward Arritt

(1957-09-19)September 19, 1957
DiedNovember 14, 2018(2018-11-14) (aged 61)
Des Moines, Iowa, US
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of Virginia
Colorado State University
Scientific career
FieldsAgronomy
Meteorology
InstitutionsIowa State University
ThesisNumerical Studies of Thermally and Mechanically Forced Circulations Over Complex Terrain (1985)
Doctoral advisorRoger A. Pielke

Raymond Ward Arritt (September 19, 1957 – November 14, 2018) was an American agronomist whose research focused on agricultural meteorology. He taught at Iowa State University from 1993 until his death in 2018. At Iowa State, he was responsible for operating the meteorological data repository Iowa Environmental Mesonet.[1][2] He was one of three Iowa State faculty who contributed to the fourth (AR4) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report, which led to the IPCC sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

Early life and education

Arritt was born on September 19, 1957, in Covington, Virginia, to Muriel Louise Smith and Raymond Ward Arritt Sr. He grew up in the Virginia cities of Lynchburg and Richmond. He attended the University of Virginia, at which he earned his B.A. in economics and environmental science in 1979 and his M.S. in environmental science in 1982. In 1985, he received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, under the supervision of Roger A. Pielke Sr.[3][4] He then worked as a research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State for three years.[5]

Academic career

Arritt took his first academic position at the University of Kansas in 1988.[3] He was an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy there until 1993, when he joined the faculty of Iowa State as an associate professor. He became a full professor at Iowa State in 2000. He was a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Society of Agronomy.[5]

He was also a contributing author of the third (TAR) and fourth (AR4) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports.[6] According to the Principles Governing IPCC Work,[7] the function of contributing authors is to "prepare technical information in the form of text, graphs or data for assimilation by the Lead Authors into the draft section."[8] at p. 15 They are part of the author team that bears a collectively "required to critically assess information they would like to include from any source" and this applies both to IPCC Reports and to "papers undergoing the publication process in peer-reviewed journals."[8] at p. 17 Along with Bill Gutowski and Gene Takle, Arritt was one of three Iowa State faculty who contributed to AR4,[9] which led to the IPCC sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.[10] After the winners of this prize were announced, Arritt told the Des Moines Register, "It's kind of neat: I have, like, .002 percent of a Nobel prize now – shared with about 2,000 other people".[9] The IPCC has noted that the Nobel Prize was awarded to the organization itself rather than to any individual associated with it or its reports.[10]

Research

At Iowa State, Arritt's research focused on aspects of the climate of the United States, such as increases in heavy rainfall[11] and decreases in wind speeds.[12]

Personal life

Arritt met Teresita Navarrete while in the final year of his undergraduate program at the University of Virginia in 1979. They married on March 29, 1980. He died on November 14, 2018, in Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, after experiencing a stroke.[2][3]

References

  1. ^ "Dr. Raymond Arritt; September 19, 1957 – November 14, 2018". Iowa State University Department of Agronomy. November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Wells, Annelise (November 19, 2018). "Iowa State agronomy professor dead after stroke". Iowa State Daily. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Dr. Raymond Ward Arritt Obituary". Dignity Memorial. Archived from the original on November 12, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Theses and Disserations". Pielke Research Group. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Raymond W. Arritt". Iowa State University. Archived from the original on April 8, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program's Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.2, "Climate Projections Based on Emission Scenarios for Long-lived and Short-lived Radiatively Active Gases and Aerosols". National Academies Press. September 27, 2007. p. 40. doi:10.17226/12035. ISBN 978-0-309-11290-1. Archived from the original on November 21, 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  7. ^ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (October 18, 2013). Principles Governing IPCC Work – as amended at the Thirty-Seventh Session (Batumi, 14–18 October 2013) (PDF). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (October 18, 2013). "Appendix A: Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports" (PDF). Principles Governing IPCC Work – as amended at the Thirty-Seventh Session (Batumi, 14–18 October 2013). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Rossi, Lisa (October 13, 2007). "3 Professors from ISU Aid Climate Panel". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Lynn, Jonathan; Zabula, Werani (December 2012). "IPCC Statement about the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize" (PDF). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Secretariat. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 3, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  11. ^ den Hond, Bas (April 28, 2017). "More Intense Rains in U.S. Midwest Tied to Farm Mechanization". Eos. Archived from the original on November 21, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Iowa State researchers contribute climate model to study that finds some winds decreasing". Phys.org. June 25, 2009. Archived from the original on November 21, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.

External links

  • Faculty page for Raymond Arritt at Iowa State University
  • Raymond Arritt publications indexed by Google Scholar