Dr. David Atlas is a distinguished visiting scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, and a consulting meteorologist with Atlas Concepts, Bethesda, Maryland. His primary interests are in radar meteorology, precipitation physics, and remote sensing. Tangential interests and experience are in the areas of weather hazards to aviation and the use of air- and space-borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) over the ocean. He has developed a wide variety of devices and techniques for use in radar detection and warning and has studied many atmospheric phenomena including all types of storms and clear air phenomena such as clear air turbulence and the boundary layer. Dr. Atlas has a broad familiarity with processes of precipitation growth in various kinds of storms and climatic regimes. In recent years he has focused much of his attention on the use of radar and other remote sensors for the quantitative measurement of rainfall from space and for ground truth of space-borne measurements. The aim of this work is to determine how rainfall in the tropical regions of the earth as influences the global circulation and relates to global climate change. Dr. Atlas has served on numerous National Research Council (NRC) committees, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has recently been elected as an honorary member of the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Howard B.Bluestein is professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served since 1976. He received his Ph.D. in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are the observation and physical understanding of weather phenomena on convective, mesoscale, and synoptic scales. Dr. Bluestein is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. He is past chair of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Observing Facilities Advisory Panel, the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research’s (UCAR) Scientific Program Evaluation Committee, and he is a past member of the AMS Board of Meteorological and Oceanographic Education in Universities. He is also the author of a textbook on synoptic-dynamic meteorology and of Tornado Alley, a book for the scientific layperson on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Dr. V.Chandrasekar is a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Colorado State University, where he received his Ph.D. Dr. Chandrasekar has been involved with weather radar systems for over 20 years and has about 25 years of experience in radar systems. Dr. Chandrasekar has played a key role in developing the CSU-CHILL radar as one of the most advanced meteorological radar systems available for research. He is continuing to work actively with the CSU-CHILL radar, supporting its research and education mission. He specializes in developing new radar technologies and techniques for solving meteorological problems. He has actively pursued applications of polarimetry for cloud microphysical applications, as well as neural network based radar rainfall estimates and

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