Richard (Rit) E. Carbone is a senior scientist and science advisor for the Earth Observing Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He has authored more than 100 scholarly works. A pioneer in Doppler radar, he has published on physical processes in clouds and storms, topographically influenced circulations, predictability of warm-season rainfall, convection on tropical islands, and severe storms. Mr. Carbone led the U.S. Weather Research Program until 1999. He founded and chaired the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Programme (Geneva) from 1996 to 2001 and served as vice president for the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences of the International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics. He earned an S.M. (atmospheric physics, 1969) at the University of Chicago and was elected a fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 1994. Among other honors, in 2001, Mr. Carbone received the Cleveland Abbe Award for Distinguished Service to Atmospheric Science by an Individual. He was cited for “building consensus in the weather research community on problems of major national and international importance, and for fostering the conduct of collaborative and coordinated weather research.” He is also the recipient of the NCAR Publication Prize in 2002 “Inferences of predictability associated with warm season precipitation episodes.”


Shuyi S. Chen is a professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) of the University of Miami. Professor Chen is a widely published author whose research interests include mesoscale and tropical meteorology, air–sea interactions, high-resolution coupled atmosphere–wave–ocean modeling of tropical cyclones, and numerical weather prediction. She served as an editor for Weather and Forecasting journal of the American Meteorological Society. Professor Chen leads a research group at RSMAS/UM that has developed a high-resolution, fully coupled atmosphere–wave–ocean, vortex-following, nested-grids model for hurricane research and prediction. These efforts contribute directly to the development of the next-generation hurricane forecasting models. Professor Chen is a lead scientist for the Coupled Boundary Layer Air-Sea Transfer (CBLAST)-Hurricane modeling team sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. She is also a lead principal investigator for the National Science Foundation–funded Hurricane Rainbands and Intensity Change Experiment (RAINEX) that used three Doppler radar aircraft to collect unprecedented in situ data in hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ophelia during the 2005 hurricane season. Currently she is a lead scientist for one of the largest international programs to study the tropical cyclones in the



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