Dr. Ioana M. Dima is a Research Scientist at AIR-Worlwide, a Boston based research and modeling company. Dr. Dima’s general interests are in the general circulation of the atmosphere, climate variability and climate change. Her research has focused on the low latitude variability in the upper troposphere, with emphasis on the mean meridional circulation, angular momentum budget, eddy and transient momentum fluxes and the horizontal and vertical structure of the tropical stationary waves, both in anomaly and climatology fields. Special emphasis was given to variability related to the annual cycle, ENSO and MJO. Presently she is interested in investigating the climatological interaction between smaller scale (tropical cyclones) and larger scale (Equatorial Stationary Waves, El Nino/Southern Oscillation, etc) patterns of variability in the tropics. Other interests include low latitude troposphere-to-stratosphere exchanges and tropics-extratropics interactions. Dr. Dima received her PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, her MS in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her MS in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Bucharest.

Dr. John W. Nielsen-Gammon is a professor of Meteorology and Texas State Climatologist at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences with Texas A&M University. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Meteorology in 1990, a S.M. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Meteorology in 1987 and a S.B. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Earth and Planetary Sciences in 1984. His professional interests include synoptic-scale dynamic meteorology, weather forecasting and numerical weather prediction, air pollution meteorology, dynamics of weakly-forced precipitating systems, and land surface inhomogeneities and local circulations. Much of Dr. Nielsen-Gammon's recent work in air pollution meteorology and as Texas State Climatologist has involved issues of data quality and consistency for surface and upper-air measurements in inhomogeneous networks.

Dr. Benjamin Kirtman is an Associate Research Scientist with COLA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Kirtman is working on the development of simple and complex coupled ocean atmosphere general circulation models which are used to investigate the predictability of the coupled system on interannual and intraseasonal time scales, to study the influence of tropical predictability on mid-latitude predictability and to assess how the annual cycle affects intraseasonal and interannual predictability. Current areas of interest include: El Nino prediction, dynamics and low frequency variations; impact of atmospheric stochastic forcing on coupled climate variability; El Nino-Monsoon interactions; and the maintenance of the inter-tropical convergence zone.

Dr. Robert Miller is a Professor at the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. Miller’s current research includes application of

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