NOAA’s National Centers of Environmental Prediction Acting Director Wayne Higgins was named June 5 to serve as the next director of the agency’s Climate Program Office starting July 28. The post has been vacant since previous director Chester Koblinsky stepped down in August 2012. Higgins has published more than 80 peer-review articles and five book chapters, with his research focusing on climate change, extreme weather events, modeling, and weather-climate links.