OSU researcher to direct national climate group


CORVALLIS - Oregon State University's George Taylor, the state climatologist, was elected president-elect of the American Association of State Climatologists. He will serve as association president in 1998.

Taylor, a faculty member in OSU's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, directs the Oregon Climate Service. Based at OSU, the Oregon Climate Service collects and manages Oregon weather and climate data and performs weather and climate research. The service also works to educate Oregonians on current and emerging climate issues.

Taylor joined OSU in 1989. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1971. After working as a data analyst at a weather consulting service, Taylor earned his master's in meteorology in 1975 from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

The American Association of State Climatologists, based in Manhattan, Kan., is comprised of the nation's 49 state climatologists and directors of six Regional Climate Centers.