Raymond Arritt

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

(1957-09-19)September 19, 1957
DiedNovember 14, 2018(2018-11-14) (aged 61)
Des Moines, Iowa, US
EducationUniversity of Virginia
Colorado State University
Scientific career
InstitutionsIowa State University
Numerical 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]

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