In Memoriam: Roger G. Barry (1935-2018)

Roger G. Barry, former Director of the International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO), passed away on March 19, 2018, concluding a distinguished career in climate science. His work as a research scientist and professor, and his dedication to the formation of centers for the study of the cryosphere helped shape the evolution of climate science.

Roger Barry was born in 1935, in Sheffield, UK., as a teenager he started working at the UK Meteorological Service, showing his early interest in climate science, which continued through the rest of his life. Roger’s teaching and research spanned climate change, arctic and mountain climates, synoptic climatology, snow and ice processes, and climate-cryosphere interactions. He published over 20 textbooks and his research over the years was supported by NASA, NSF, the US Department of Environment and Department of Defense, among others.

Roger was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at Moscow State University, and a visiting professor in Australia, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Honors included: Fellow, American Geophysical Union (1999); Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2001); Goldthwaite Polar Medal (2006); Founder’s Medal, Royal Geographical Society, London, 2007; and Humboldt Prize Fellowship, Munich, 2009-11.

We were very fortunate to have Roger's expertise and experience serving CLIVAR and WCRP; during his two year post (2012-2014) as ICPO Director, Roger brought to CLIVAR and WCRP network a wealth of experience in both science and management. Even though his tenure at ICPO was relatively short, Roger managed to leave a profound and lasting impact in the CLIVAR community, He will certainly be missed.