academic partnerships. Dr. Ardanuy’s research and development career extends across tropical meteorology, Earth’s radiation budget and energy balance, satellite instrument calibration and characterization, research to operational science data systems, environmental observations validation, chief scientist for National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Visible and Infrared Imager/ Radiometer Suite, and the upcoming Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R mission.

John R. Christy is professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Christy began studying global climate issues in 1987. In November 2000, Governor Don Siegelman appointed him as the Alabama state climatologist. Dr. Christy has served as a contributor and lead author for the United Nations reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in which satellite temperatures were included as a high-quality data set for studying global climate change. In addition, he has been a member of several committees of the National Research Council (NRC), including the Committee on Earth Studies (1998-2001) and the Committee to Review NASA’s ESE [Earth Sciences Enterprise] Science Plan. Dr. Christy is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

James Frew is assistant professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He is an adviser to NASA’s New Data and Information Systems and Services) activity. Dr. Frew is a principal investigator in UCSB’s Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS). As part of his doctoral research, he developed the Image Processing Workbench, an open-source set of software tools for remote sensing image processing currently used for instruction and research at UCSB and elsewhere. He has served as both the manager and the acting director of the Computer Systems Laboratory (ICESS’s predecessor) and as the associate director of the Sequoia 2000 Project, a 3-year, $14 million, multicampus consortium formed to investigate large-scale data management aspects of global change problems. Dr. Frew currently leads the Earth System Science Workbench project, part of NASA’s Federation of Earth Science Information Partners.

Susan B. Fruchter is associate director for operations at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Prior to holding this position, Ms. Fruchter was extensively engaged at NOAA in satellite issues ranging from technology to policy: from 1994 to 2001, she was counselor to the Undersecretary of Commerce and was director of NOAA’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning in the Department of Commerce. She was responsible for leading the strategic planning efforts

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