and a NOAA Presidential Rank Award (2005). He recently received the AMS Carl Gustav Rossby Gold Medal (2008) for “fundamental insights into the dynamics of the Earth’s climate through studies of idealized models and comprehensive climate simulations.”


Dennis Lettenmaier is the Robert and Irene Sylvester Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Lettenmaier’s interests include hydroclimatology, surface water hydrology, and hydrologic aspects of remote sensing. He was a recipient of ASCE’s Huber Research Prize in 1990 and the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section Award in 2000, and he is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles. He is the past Chief Editor of the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Hydrometeorology, and he is President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. Dr. Lettenmaier is a member of the NRC Committee on Hydrologic Science, and has served on other NRC committees and panels including the Committee on the National Ecological Observatory Network (2003-2004), the Committee for Earth Science and Applications from Space: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future (2005-2007), and the Committee on Scientific Bases of Colorado River Basin Water Management (2006-2007). Dr. Lettenmaier received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (1975) from the University of Washington.


David Lobell is an assistant professor at Stanford University in environmental earth system science, and a center fellow in Stanford’s Program on Food Security and the Environment. His research focuses on identifying opportunities to raise crop yields in major agricultural regions, with a particular emphasis on adaptation to climate change. His current projects span Africa, South Asia, Mexico, and the United States and involve a range of tools including remote sensing, GIS, and crop and climate models. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Lobell was a senior research scholar at FSE from 2008-2009 and a Lawrence Post-doctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2005-2007. He received a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 2005, and a Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude from Brown University in 2000.


H. Damon Matthews is assistant professor and university research fellow in the Department of Geography Planning and Environment at Concordia



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