is the author (with T. H. Vonder Haar) of Satellite Meteorology: An Introduction (Academic Press, 1995). He has been a member of numerous committees, including the American Meteorological Society Board on Higher Education.

Navin Ramankutty signed on as assistant professor in the Department of Geography at McGill University in June 2006. Previously, he was an assistant scientist at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Ramankutty joined SAGE as a research scientist in May 2000 and led its efforts on documenting contemporary and historical patterns of land use and land cover across the world. Working with colleagues at SAGE, Dr. Ramankutty developed a statistical data fusion technique to merge satellite data and socioeconomic data on agricultural land use to develop a global data set of the world’s croplands. Dr. Ramankutty and his team have further developed global agricultural land-use data sets, focusing on more detailed characterizations of the world’s major crops, their yield and production, and farming practices. These emerging data sets have become extremely popular with the global change community. They have attracted widespread media attention, including becoming part of a National Geographic Society pullout map in September 2002 and being used in the 8th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World.

Anne M. Thompson is a professor in the Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University with research interests in atmospheric chemistry: modeling and measurements of trace gases, air-sea gas exchange, biomass burning, and remote sensing. As co-mission scientist for NASA’s 1997 DC-8 SONEX (SASS Ozone and Nitrogen Oxides Experiment), Dr. Thompson demonstrated that lightning, convection, and aircraft emissions have comparable perturbations in the North Atlantic upper troposphere. Since 1998, Dr. Thompson has been principal investigator for SHADOZ (Southern Hemisphere Additional Ozonesondes), analyzing tropical ozonesonde data for satellite validation and climate studies. She also led the 2004 and 2006 INTEX Ozonesonde Network Study campaigns in the first strategic ozonesonde sampling over North America. Dr. Thompson is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. She has been awarded the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Nordberg Medal for space science and the Women in Aerospace International Achievement Award.

Susan L. Ustin is a professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Dr. Ustin received her Ph.D. in botany from UC Davis, in the area of plant physiological ecology. Her multidisciplinary environmental research focuses on developing applications of remote sensing data to assess environmental processes. She began working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the initial stages of NASA’s imaging spectrometry program and has since worked extensively with hyperspectral imagery for quantitative plant and soil measurements. She has been a principal investigator and science team member of several NASA sensor programs for Earth observation and is currently a member of the MODIS science team. Dr. Ustin recently served as director of the California Space Institute Center of Excellence at UC Davis and as director of the Western Regional Center for Global Environmental Change. She is the editor of the Manual of Remote Sensing, Vol. 4, Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Management and Environmental Monitoring (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). She has served previously on four NRC committees.

James Yoder joined the staff at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Georgia in 1978 and from 1986 to 1988 was a visiting senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory assigned to NASA headquarters. He joined the faculty at the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at the University of Rhode Island in 1989 and was promoted to professor in 1992. He was named associate dean of oceanography at GSO in 1993 and served in that capacity until 1998. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Yoder served as GSO interim dean before moving to the National Science Foundation, where he served as director of the Division of Ocean Sciences from 2001 to 2004 before returning to GSO in October 2004. In November 2005, Dr. Yoder was named vice president for academic programs and dean at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research involves the study of oceanographic processes primarily using satellite radiometers observing the ocean in the visible/near-IR wavelengths, including NASA’s CZCS, Japan’s OCTS, and NASA’s SeaWiFS and MODIS. Dr. Yoder lists 90 scientific and other publications and holds a Ph.D. degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He served on the NRC’s Committee on Oceanic Carbon (1992-1994) and was a member of the Ocean Studies Board (2001).


Claudia Mengelt is a program officer for the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC). After completing her B.S. in aquatic biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she received her M.S. in biological oceanography from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State. Her master’s degree research focused on how chemical and physical parameters in the surface ocean effect Antarctic phytoplankton species composition and consequently impact biogeochemical cycles. She obtained her Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she conducted research on the photo-physiology of harmful algal species. She joined the full-time staff of BASC in the fall of 2005 following a fellowship with

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