of curators (FMS Runtime Environment, FRE) for the execution of complex workflows to manage the complete climate modeling process. The Earth System Curator (U.S.) and Metafor (EU) projects, in which he plays a key role, have developed the use of a common information model, which allows the execution of complex scientific queries on model data archives. V. Balaji plays advisory roles on National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Department of Energy (DOE) review panels, including the recent series of exascale workshops. He is a sought-after speaker and lecturer and is committed to provide training in the use of climate models in developing nations, leading workshops to advanced students and researchers in South Africa and India.
Dr. Thomas L. Delworth, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Thomas L. Delworth is a research scientist and Group Leader in the Climate Change, Variability and Prediction Group at NOAA’s GFDL. He is also a lecturer at Princeton University in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program. Dr. Delworth has played a key role in the development of several generations of climate models at GFDL. His research largely focuses on decadal to centennial climate variability and change through the synthesis of climate models and observational data. On these time scales the behavior of the climate system is a mixture of natural variability and the response of the climate system to changing radiative forcing induced by changing greenhouse gases and aerosols. Understanding the natural variability of the climate system on decadal scales is critical to our ability to detect climate change, and to understand the processes responsible for observed change from the global to the regional scale.
Dr. Robert E. Dickinson, The University of Texas at Austin
Robert E. Dickinson joined the Department of Geological Sciences in August of 2008. For the previous 9 years, he was professor of atmospheric sciences and held the Georgia Power/Georgia Research Alliance Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the 9 years before that he was professor of atmospheric sciences and Regents Professor at the University of Arizona, and for the previous 22 years he was a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988 and to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002, and was elected a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. His research interests are in climate modeling, climate variability and change, aerosols, the hydrologic cycle and droughts, land-surface processes, the terrestrial carbon cycle, and the application of remote sensing data to modeling of land-surface processes.