Dr. Otis B. Brown, Jr.
OTIS B. BROWN is a research professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He is also the director of the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. At NCSU, Dr. Brown has led the formation and development of the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, a co-located effort with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, NC. NCICS is the host for the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites – NC, which Dr. Brown founded in 2009. NCICS/CICS-NC provides research to operations, stewardship, access, system engineering, and system prototyping support to NCEI. Previously Dr. Brown was on the faculty of the University of Miami (UM) as a professor in the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, and dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. While at UM Dr. Brown was a member of the NASA EOS MODIS Science Team and was responsible for the algorithms and processing system for the global sea surface temperature product as well as validation methodologies and support for the TERRA/ MODIS and AQUA/MODIS instruments. Dr. Brown’s specialties include radiative transfer in the ocean-atmosphere system for visible light; particulate scattering in sea water; satellite infrared observations of sea surface temperature; kinematical studies of warm core rings; transient processes in western boundary currents; tropical eco-system function in the Caribbean and Arabian Seas; innovative approaches to developing diversity and K-12 education; and inter-disciplinary studies of climate change and severe weather impacts. His interests also include strategies to address the science / policy interface and public outreach. He is the recipient of multiple NASA Group Achievement Awards, and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the AAAS. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Miami. He served as a member of the Academies Oceans Studies Board, Earth Sciences Decadal Survey Committees Panel on Land-use Change, Ecosystem Dynamics, and Biodiversity and the Committee on Radio Frequencies. He also was a member of the Environmental Task Force and MEDEA.
Dr. Efi Foufoula-Georgiou
EFI FOUFOULA-GEORGIOU is a distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Previously, she was at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she was a McKnight Distinguished Professor and the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair in Environmental Engineering. She has served as director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED) and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou’s area of research is hydrology and geomorphology, with special interest on scaling theories, multiscale dynamics, and space-time modeling of precipitation and landforms. She has served as chair of the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, trustee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and president of the Hydrology section of the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou has been an advisor to several national and international agencies and research foundations, including the advisory council of NSF’s GEO directorate, NASA Earth science subcommittee, the Water Science and Technology Board, and the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. She is a fellow of the AGU and AMS, an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, and the recipient of several disciplinary awards including the John Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Society the AGU Hydrologic Sciences Award, and the AMS Hydrologic Sciences Medal. She received her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Florida. Her National Academies service includes the Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences, the Committee on Progress and Priorities of U.S. Weather Research and Research-to-Operations Activities, the Committee to Assess the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) Initiative, the Committee on Risk-Based Analyses for Flood Damage Reduction Studies, the Mapping Science Committee, and the Standing Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space.
Dr. Chelle L. Gentemann
CHELLE L. GENTEMANN is a senior scientist at Earth and Space Research where she works on air-sea interactions, upper ocean dynamics, and passive microwave sea surface temperatrures. Prior to that she was with Remote Sensing Systems where she focused on air-sea interactions, diurnal warming, passive-microwave SST retrievals, instrument calibration, and radio frequency interference. Dr. Gentemann participates in a number of science teams and committees, including the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperatures (GHRSST). She has been the principal investigator for the US component of GHRSST, the Multi-sensor Improved Sea Surface Temperature project, since 2003. She was awarded the National Oceanographic Partnership Program’s Excellence in Partnering Award and the American Geophysical Union’s Charles S. Falkenberg Award. She received her Ph.D. in meteorology and physical oceanography from the University of Miami. Dr. Gentemann has served on several National Academies’ committees including the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG), the Committee on a Framework for Analyzing the Needs for Continuity of NASA-Sustained Remote Sensing Observations of the Earth from Space, , and the Standing Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space.
Dr. Everette Joseph
EVERETTE JOSEPH is the director of the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC). He is also the SUNY Empire Innovations Professor in Atmospheric Sciences. Before joining University at Albany, he served as director of the Howard University Program in Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS), director of the Howard University Beltsville Center for Climate System Observations, and deputy director of the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science at Howard University. Most recently, Dr. Joseph served as co-lead for the development of the New York State Mesonet, which is a $25 million dollar project for development of an early warning system to aid state emergency managers and to assist the public in mitigation of the effects of hazardous weather. He also leads an international team of scientists from the U.S. and Taiwan in the study weather extremes and decision-making and he helped lead the development of a major field observation program with university, government, and industry partners to improve satellite capabilities to monitor the atmosphere from space and the skill of atmospheric models to better forecast weather, climate and air quality. Dr. Joseph received his Ph.D. in physics at the University at Albany. He has served on the National Academies’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.
Dr. R. Steven Nerem
R. STEVEN NEREM is a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. He is also a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and associate director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research. Dr. Nerem specializes in analyzing and interpreting satellite measurements of sea level change, including satellite altimeter, satellite gravity, and other space geodetic measurements. Previously, he worked as a geophysicist at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal. He is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He was a lead author for the IPCC fifth Assessment Report. He earned his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas. He previously served as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on a Strategy to Mitigate the Impact of Sensor De-scopes and De-manifests on the NPOESS and GOES-R Spacecraft
Dr. Eric J. Rignot
ERIC J. RIGNOT is the Donald Bren Professor of Earth System Science in the Department of Earth System Science, University of California Irvine, CA, and a senior research scientist and joint faculty appointee by the chief scientist at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. Dr. Rignot has 26 years of experience in glaciology, polar physical oceanography, ice-ocean interaction, synthetic-aperture radar applications for ice sheet mass balance, low-frequency radar sounding of glaciers, airborne surveying of Greenland and Antarctica, and numerical ice sheet modeling. He is a principal investigator on several NASA-funded projects to study the mass balance of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets using radar interferometry combined with other methods; the interactions of ice shelves with the ocean; and the dynamic retreat of Patagonian glaciers. He received the JPL Lew Allen Director's Award for Excellence in 1998 and was the recipient of NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement awards in 2003 and 2007. He also received a NASA Outstanding Team Leadership award in 2012 and NASA Group Achievement awards in 2009, 2011, and 2013. He is a member of CLIVAR and NASA’s Sea Level Change Team and is the science lead for Operation IceBridge, which uses aircraft-based instruments to study annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. He is also a member of the Science Definition Team for the NISAR, a dedicated U.S. and Indian interferometric synthetic aperture radar mission. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He served as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on a Framework for Analyzing the Needs for Continuity of NASA-Sustained Remote Sensing Observations of the Earth from Space.
Dr. Christopher Ruf
CHRISTOPHER S. RUF is a professor of atmospheric science and electrical engineering at the University of Michigan in the Climate and Space Department. Dr. Ruf is principal investigator for the NASA CYGNSS Earth Venture Mission, which measures ocean surface wind speed in tropical cyclones with rapid sampling using a constellation of eight microsatellites in low earth orbit. CYGNSS successfully launched on December 15, 2016. His research interests include remote sensing technology and earth science applications related to climate and weather studies. Previously, Dr. Ruf was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and on the technical staff of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He served as a member of the National Academies Committee on the Scientific Uses of the Radio Spectrum, the Weather Panel for the Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future (the 2007 Earth Science Decadal), the Committee on Radio Frequencies, and is currently serving on the Panel on Climate Variability and Change for the Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space.
Dr. David L. Skole
DAVID L. SKOLE is professor of global change science at Michigan State University (MSU). He has more than 25 years of experience with research on the global carbon cycle and climate exchange. Dr. Skole leads the Carbon to Markets Program, a project of MSU that focuses on combining value chains from carbon credits in the carbon financial markets and agro-forestry products for small holders in developing countries. He was instrumental in constructing the first numerical carbon accounting model and has been spearheading the integration of satellite-based remote sensing into carbon accounting models. He is now active in the emerging carbon financial markets and applications of his research to carbon sequestration projects in developing countries. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on land-use change and forestry issues related to carbon emissions and sequestration. Dr. Skole is past chair of the NSF Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education. He has a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of New Hampshire. His past National Academies service includes the Geographical Sciences Committee, the Panel on Earth Science Applications and Societal Needs, the Panel on Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities for Environmental Decision Making, the Committee on Ecological Impacts of Road Density, the Committee for Review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, the Committee on the Geographic Foundation for Agenda 21, and the Standing Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space.
Dr. Steven C. Wofsy
STEVEN C. WOFSY (NAS) is the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at Harvard University. His research emphasizes sources and distributions of greenhouse gases on urban, regional and global scales and the impacts of climate change and land use on ecosystems and atmospheric composition. Dr. Wofsy’s extensive research interests include: terrestrial carbon, effects of forests on climate, and climate in forests; inference of large-scale carbon budgets from atmospheric and land surface data; CO2 as a tracer of atmospheric transport in the upper troposphere and stratosphere; and new instrumentation for measuring atmospheric carbon cycle species (CO2, CO, CH4). Dr. Wofsy has published over 300 journal articles during a career spanning four decades. His awards include the AGU's Macelwane prize and NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. He has served on the NASA Earth System Science and Applications Advisory and on the NASA Advisory Council as well as on the Carbon Cycle Science Plan Working Group and North American Carbon Program writing group. His recent National Academies service includes the Committee on anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States, the Committee on Understanding and Monitoring Abrupt Climate Change, the Committee on the Assessment of NASA Science Mission Directorate 2014 Science Plan, and the Standing Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space.