Committee Biographies

Eugene Rasmusson (Chair) was formerly with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is currently a research professor emeritus at the University of Maryland’s Department of Meteorology. His general area of interest is the atmospheric general circulation and the global hydrologic cycle. Within this broad subject area he has focused on the nature and predictability of climate and hydrologic variability on time scales ranging from a few weeks to a few years. Much of his work has centered on the relationship between sea-air interaction in the tropics and global precipitation variability, with particularly emphasis on the El Niño phenomenon of the tropical Pacific. He is interested in the nature and predictability of the various components of the hydrologic cycle over continental regions, particularly North America and as it relates to the understanding and prediction of seasonal precipitation anomalies (droughts, wet periods). The primary motivation for these interests is the development of methods for skillful seasonal prediction of climate variations and their effect on water resources. Dr. Rasmusson is a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) member. He has served on many National Research Council (NRC) boards and committees, including the recent Panel on Climate Change Feedbacks.

V. Chandrasekar is currently a professor at Colorado State University (CSU). Dr. Chandra has been involved with research and development of weather radar systems for over 20 years and has about 25 years of experience in radar systems. He has played a key role in developing the CSU-CHILL National Radar facility as one of the most advanced meteorological radar systems available for research, and continues to work actively with the CSU-CHILL radar supporting its research and education mission and is a co-principal investigator of the facil-

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