Doug Sisterson has spent most of his more than 40-year career involved in atmospheric science. He is currently the instrument operations manager for the US Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility at Argonne National Laboratory. The ARM programme provides the world’s most comprehensive 24/7 observational capabilities for obtaining atmospheric data specifically for climate-change research.
Before turning to climate change, he investigated fundamental boundary-layer meteorology and micrometeorology, wet and dry removal processes and pollutant transport. He also worked on wind energy and on the physical and chemical processes (including atmospheric lightning) that lead to acid precipitation.
He received a BSc in physics from Muskingum University and an MSc in atmospheric Science from the University of Wyoming. Since joining Argonne in 1975, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, conference papers and technical reports, and addressed a range of weather and climate topics in over 500 professional, educational and public outreach presentations as well as in interviews for many radio and television shows. He received the University of Chicago Medal for Distinguished Performance at Argonne National Laboratory in 2011 and the Argonne National Laboratory Pinnacle of Education Award in 2012.