Duane Kitzis is a senior associate scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, working within the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. His over 35 years of research relates to the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. Primary management and research is for the global standards program providing calibration material for the measurement of greenhouse gases. As liaison to the UN/WMO global scientific community, private research and instrumentation companies, his logistics, contracting, consultation and administration of MOU agreements provides calibration gases to many multi-national and domestic laboratories. Internal and external standards production often exceeds 400 standards per year. These are made by Duane at a remote mountain location where the air is cleaner. He is actively involved in the maintenance of the central calibration laboratory carbon dioxide scale and the standards calibration program.
After some years preforming rescue in Rocky Mountain National Park, teaching outdoor skills, technical climbing in the lower US, Alaska and South American Andes, he acquiesces to a softer life. On any day off, Duane may be hard to find, while hiking, skiing, climbing or kayaking up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Married 39 years, kids, truly meaningful work, dedicated to the long term scientific study of greenhouse gases.