Meet the Board of Directors – Mark Ivey

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Mark Ivey was elected to the ARCUS Board of Directors in 2012. His three-year term ends in 2015.

Mark is the manager for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) climate research facilities in Alaska. These facilities, managed by Sandia National Laboratories for DOE, include ground-based systems in Barrow, Oliktok, and Atqasuk, Alaska. Ivey is also a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia where he has worked since the early 1980's. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. In addition to working for Sandia, Mark has worked for technology start-up companies in New Mexico, and he taught briefly as an adjunct professor in the electrical engineering department at Montana State University in Bozeman.

At the ARM facility, Mark is part of an extended and internationally-distributed climate research team with ongoing efforts to characterize the structure of the atmosphere and the formation and elevation of clouds. Their work to improve the precision in measuring these parameters has provided valuable data to enhance the accuracies of global climate models. These efforts have helped to transform scientists' understanding of what the future may hold for Earth's climate.

Mark comments, "The Arctic has always been a unique and important place, and it plays a critical role in the Earth's climate systems. Recognition of the Arctic's role in global-scale issues is growing quickly. When we compare what our models are telling us with what we measure, it's clear that there's much to be done in improving our understanding.

"I am glad to be part of current efforts to improve our understanding of the Arctic atmosphere. ARCUS plays an important role in distributing information across many domains and disciplines. I don't know of any other organization that connects such a broad range of stakeholders with science and reaches out to the public with updates on the Arctic environment."