JAMES G. ANDERSON is the Philip S. Weld Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His interests include chemistry, the dynamics and radiation of Earth’s atmosphere in the context of climate, experimental and theoretical studies of the kinetics and photochemistry of free radicals, and the development of new methods for in situ and remote observations of processes that control chemical and physical coupling within Earth’s atmosphere. He has served on the NRC Committee on Global Change Research (1996-2002), the Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry (1992-1995), and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (1986-1989). Dr. Anderson is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
SUSAN K. AVERY is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the former director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Currently, Dr. Avery is the vice chancellor for research and dean of the University of Colorado, Boulder, Graduate School. Her research program utilizes ground-based Doppler radar techniques for observing the neutral atmosphere. Dr. Avery is currently the president of the American Meteorological Society. She has served as chair of the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science; chair of the National Science Foundation Geosciences Advisory Committee; Scientific Discipline Representative and URSI Representative for SCOSTEP; and commissioner of the American Meteorological Society. She is a fellow of the AMS and the IEEE. Her NRC service includes the Committee on NOAA NESDIS Transition from Research to Operations (vice chair, 2002-2004) and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (1997-2001). She currently serves as a member of the Committee on Strategic Guidance for NSF’s Support of the Atmospheric Sciences.
ERIC J. BARRON is dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and a distinguished professor of geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University. Before becoming dean, Barron was director of the EMS Environment Institute. Dr. Barron’s research interests are in the areas of climatology, numerical modeling, and Earth history. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Meteorological Society. He currently serves as chair of the NRC Committee on Metrics for Global Change Research. Dr. Barron’s previous NRC service includes multiple terms on the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (chair, 2000-2003; co-chair, 1997-1998; member, 1995-1996) and the Committee on Climate Research (member 1987-1990; chair, 1990-1996). Dr. Barron also served on the Committee on Science of Climate Change (2001), the Committee on Grand Challenges in the Environmental Sciences (1998-2000), the Task Group on Assessment of NASA Plans for Post-2000 Earth Observing Missions (1999), the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change (1991-1997), and the Board on Global Change Research (1990-1994). From 1994 to 1997 Dr. Barron chaired the NASA Earth Observing System, Science Executive Committee and in 1993 chaired the NASA Earth Science and Applications Advisory Committee.
OTIS B. BROWN is dean and professor of meteorology and physical oceanography of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. Dr. Brown’s specialties are satellite oceanography, development of quantitative methods for the processing and use of satellite remotely sensed observations to study ocean variability, focused on ocean color and infrared observations. His experimental focus has been on western boundary current variability for the studies in the Somali Current, Gulf Stream, Agulhas, and Brazil Confluence regions. More recently this effort has expanded to include development of basin-scale climatologies for sea-surface temperature and color fields. Dr. Brown has published widely on the application of satellite observations to the understanding of oceanic processes and has served on numerous national and international scientific committees, including the U.S. Joint Global