Michael C. Morgan Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction
Michael C. Morgan, Ph.D., has been confirmed by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction. In this role, Morgan will be responsible for providing agency-wide guidance on weather, water, climate and ocean observations, including in situ instruments and satellites, and the observation conversion process. in anticipation of environmental threats.
“Dr. Morgan will be an invaluable addition to the Department and to our leadership team at NOAA,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “His decades of world-renowned atmospheric and ocean science expertise and his service dedicated to the community make him ideally qualified to help guide NOAA’s vital observing and forecasting activities.”
Morgan brings more than 25 years of demonstrated scientific leadership to this position. He most recently served as a professor and associate department chair in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research focused on the analysis, diagnosis, prediction, and predictability of mid-latitude weather systems. and tropical. .
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Morgan to NOAA and look forward to working with him to further NOAA’s mission,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. expertise will be especially critical as climate change requires even greater confidence in NOAA’s world-class observations and predictions to support sustainable economic growth, protect assets and save lives.”
“I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NOAA to advance our country’s Earth system prediction capabilities, ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of our country and the communities we serve, and developing tools so that our authoritative weather and climate data can be used even more effectively,” Morgan said. “We know that communities across the country rely on NOAA’s data products when developing and are executing plans to improve preparedness for extreme weather and environmental changes.”
In addition to his roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Morgan most recently served on the Scientific Steering Committee of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Weather Research Program and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Physics and as chair of their public policy advisory committee. Committee. He also recently completed two terms on the board of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Morgan previously served as Division Director for the Division of Atmospheric and Geospatial Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and as an AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellow, working in the office of U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) as a Legislative Member. principal on energy and environmental issues.
Morgan is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), an organization he has been involved with for decades. Specifically, he has served the AMS community as an advisor and member of several committees including the Ethics Committee, Nominating Committee, Planning Commission, Council on Women and Minorities and as a member of the Commission for Scientific and Technological Activities for the Atmosphere. and ocean fluid dynamics.
Morgan was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Morgan earned her SB in math and her Ph.D. in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.