Christopher Thorncroft named Interim Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Christopher Thorncroft, a nationally recognized leader in tropical weather and climate research, agreed to serve as interim director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) in February 2019.

Professor Christopher Thorncroft

As the longest serving chair in University’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) history, Thorncroft has been instrumental in building upon UAlbany’s rich and celebrated history in atmospheric sciences. Over the years, he has forged a close working relationship between ASRC and DAES faculty, staff and students – a major catalyst in UAlbany strengthening its reputation in weather and climate science and achieving record levels of extramural research funding.

Thorncroft also spearheaded the UAlbany SUNY 2020 weather and climate research strategic plan, co-led the NYS Center of Excellence in Atmospheric and Environmental Prediction and Innovation and co-championed the NYS Mesonet – the most advanced weather observation system of its kind. Overall, his crucial leadership role helped to establish the largest weather and climate enterprise in New York and one of the most prominent in the nation.

His major research focus is on improving understanding of the processes that determine the nature and variability of the West African monsoon, including how this impacts Atlantic tropical cyclone activity. He has also had leadership roles in several field campaigns in the West African and Tropical Atlantic regions.

Thorncroft earned his Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Reading in Berkshire, England in 1988, and spent over a decade at the university following his graduation as a fellow and lecturer. He joined UAlbany’s DAES faculty in 2001.

In 2017, Thorncroft was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

New fellows are selected each year by the AMS Council at its fall meeting and come from names submitted by the Fellows Committee of not more than two-tenths of 1 percent of all AMS members.