Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Vonder Haar’s research interests lie in the areas of global energy budget, remote sensing from satellites, local area forecasting, and geosciences. His work has included some of the first results of the direct solar irradiance measurements from satellites and the exchange of energy between Earth and space. Studies on the interaction of clouds and radiation and the general circulation have formed a basis for national and international plans leading to the Global Energy and Water Experiment and programs related to global change. Dr. Vonder Haar developed and directs CSU’s Satellite Earth station to support research on storms at all scales. He recently coauthored the new textbook Satellite Meteorology, an Introduction, and he is the director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. He also is chairman of the World Climate Programme Working Group on Radiation Fluxes, a member of several NASA science teams, and a member of the Science Steering Group for the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment. He has received the American Meteorological Society Second Half Century (Charney) Award, the Abell Faculty Research and Graduate Program Support Award, the Engineering Dean’s Council Award, and the CSU Distinguished Professor designation. He sits on the Council and Executive Committee of the American Metrological Society and the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). He was recently elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.


Sheldon Drobot has been a program officer at the Polar Research Board and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate since December 2002. He received his Ph.D. in geosciences (climatology specialty) from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Dr. Drobot has directed NRC studies on Elements of a Science Plan for the North Pacific Research Board and A Vision for the International Polar Year 2007–2008. His research interests include sea ice-atmosphere interactions, microwave remote sensing, statistics, and long-range climate outlooks. Dr. Drobot currently is researching interannual variability and trends in Arctic sea ice conditions and how low-frequency atmospheric circulation affects sea ice distribution, short-range forecasting of Great Lakes ice conditions, and biological implications of sea ice variability.

Rob Greenway has been a project assistant at the National Academies since 1998. He received his M.Ed. in English education and his A.B. in English from the University of Georgia.

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