ing NRL’s 3D-VAR analysis (NAVDAS) produced significantly improved forecast skill. Dr. Baker is well respected in the data assimilation community, and serves as the technical liaison to the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) for the Navy. Dr. Baker leads several projects as the principal investigator, and collaborates with JCSDA partners and its international counterparts. She has published numerous journal articles and technical papers. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School.
V. Chandrasekar is currently a professor at Colorado State University (CSU). Dr. Chandrasekar has been involved with research and development of weather radar systems for about 25 years. 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 coprincipal investigator of the facility. He also serves as the deputy director of the newly established National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center, Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. Dr. Chandrasekar’s current research funding includes National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) support for precipitation research. He is an avid experimentalist conducting special experiments to collect in situ observations to verify the new techniques and technologies. Dr. Chandrasekar is coauthor of two textbooks, Polarimetric and Doppler Weather Radar (Cambridge University Press) and Probability and Random Processes (McGraw Hill). He has authored more than 100 journal articles and 150 conference publications and has served as academic adviser for over 40 graduate students. He served as a member of the NRC committee on Weather Radar Technology beyond NEXRAD (Next Generation Weather Radar), is the general chair for the 2006 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, and has served on numerous review panels for various government agencies. He has received many awards, including the NASA technical achievement award, Abell Foundation Outstanding Researcher Award, University Deans Council Award, Outstanding Advisor Award, and the Distinguished Diversity Services Award. He was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (Geo-Science and Remote Sensing) in recognition of his contributions to quantitative remote sensing. He is also a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Carol Anne Clayson is an associate professor in the Department of Meteorology at Florida State University and is the director designate for the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute. From 1995 to 2001 she was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University. Dr. Clayson’s research interests are in air-sea interaction, ocean and atmosphere boundary layers, numerical ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, and remote sensing of air-sea surface fluxes. She was the recipient in