Ronald C. Cohen

Atmospheric Sciences



Professor, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Director, Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center, 2006-2016; chair, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Atmospheric Chemistry, Observations and Modeling Steering Committee, 2019-present; member-at-large, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science, 2019-2023; AGU Atmospheric Sciences: Awards Canvassing Committee; co-chair, Gordon Research Conference Atmospheric Chemistry, 2019.


Council members play critical roles as communication conduits among AGU members and leaders. How will you engage with members of your section to advance AGU’s new strategic plan? How might you facilitate engagement with other sections and people outside AGU to support our mission?

I am honored to be a nominee for president-elect of the Atmospheric Sciences section of AGU. AGU has developed a strategic plan that lays out core values and strategic goals for the union’s shared future. The strategic goals emphasize discovery, an open and inclusive community and collaboration with other organizations and sectors to achieve societal goals. Our current president has strengthened the lines of communication within our section with new roles for young scientists in section leadership, committees that actively seek to promote diversity in our awards and honors and enhanced communication by social media. As president-elect I would continue these excellent innovations. Looking outward, the members of the Atmospheric Sciences section bring their deep engagement with science that has immediate effects on public health (urban ozone and aerosol), public safety (weather) and a changing climate to the many conversations about the choices facing our society. I am committed to enhancing the role of AGU as a leading contributor to the public dialogue on these issues, from ensuring our section provides its members with the support they need to contribute to the scientific and public conversation in the ways they see fit to soliciting and learning from the collective wisdom of the Union’s diverse membership about the best strategies for our collaboration with other AGU sections and with related scientific societies as we look outward to our contributions to improving the well-being of all of humanity.

Section affiliations:

Atmospheric Sciences; Biogeosciences