covering virtually all physical, economic, and societal aspects of weather and climate. Dr. Vonder Haar is also director of the Center for Geosciences, a Department of Defense–sponsored research center that focuses on the study of weather patterns and how they affect military operations, including investigations of fog, cloud layering, cloud drift winds, and dynamics of cloud persistence as detected from satellites. He was honored as a Fellow and with the Charney Award by the American Meteorological Society and was elected to NAE in 2003. In 2005 to 2007 he served as vice chair of the Weather Panel for the NRC study that authored the report Earth Science and Applications from Space—National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond (2007).


JOSEPH K. ALEXANDER, Co-Study Director, served previously as director of the Space Studies Board (SSB; 1998-2005); deputy assistant administrator for science in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (1994-1998); associate director of space sciences at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1993-1994); and assistant associate administrator for space sciences and applications in the NASA Office of Space Science and Applications (1987-1993). Other positions have included deputy NASA chief scientist and senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Mr. Alexander’s own research work has been in radio astronomy and space physics. He received B.S. and M.A. degrees in physics from the College of William and Mary.

BRIAN D. DEWHURST, Co-Study Director, joined the NRC in 2001 and is a program officer with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB). Before joining ASEB, he served as a senior program associate with the Board on Physics and Astronomy. Previously, he worked with the Space Studies Board staff as a research assistant. He is a staff officer for a variety of NRC activities, including the Committee to Review NASA’s Aviation Safety-related Programs and the Astro2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, among others. He received a B.A. in astronomy and history from the University of Virginia in 2000 and an M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from George Washington University in 2002.

CARMELA J. CHAMBERLAIN, adminstrative coordinator, has worked for the National Academies since 1974. She started as a senior project assistant at he Institute for Laboratory Animals for Research, which is now a board in the Division on Earth and Life Sciences, where she worked for 2 years, then transferred to the Space Science Board, which is now the SSB. She is now a program associate with the SSB.

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