Steering Committee and Staff Biographies
Dr. Edward S. Sarachik (Chair) is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and an adjunct professor in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. Dr. Sarachik's research interests focus on large-scale atmosphere-ocean interactions, seasonal variations in the tropical oceans, the role of the ocean in climate change, and biogeochemical cycles in the global ocean. He is vice-chair of the NRC's Climate Research Committee (CRC) of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC), was chair of the Tropical Ocean/Global Atmosphere (TOGA) Advisory Panel, and has been a member of numerous other NRC committees.
Dr. Lennart Bengtsson is director of Theoretical Climate Modeling at Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg, Germany. His research focuses on the use of coupled atmosphere/ocean general circulation models for investigating natural and anthropogenic climate change.
Dr. Maurice L. Blackmon is head of the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD), and was previously the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 's (NOAA) Climate Diagnostics Center. He was a key player in the development of the first generation of the NCAR Community Climate Model (CCM). Dr. Blackmon also participated in climate diagnostic studies on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and other phenomena. Dr. Blackmon has been a member of numerous NRC committees and is currently a member of the CRC.
Dr. Margaret A. LeMone is a senior scientist in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division at NCAR. Dr. LeMone's research has focused both on the structure and dynamics of the atmospheric boundary layer and its interaction with the land surface and clouds and on the interaction of mesoscale convective systems with the boundary layer and surrounding atmosphere. Although primarily involved in the interpretation and synthesis of observations, she integrates results from field experiments with numerical studies through collaborations to better understand the physics and to improve the models. Dr. LeMone is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a former member of BASC.
Dr. Robert C. Malone is employed at the Advanced Computing Laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Malone has many years of experience in numerical modeling of physical processes and systems, including stellar evolution, laser-produced plasmas, magnetically confined plasmas, Earth's atmosphere, and, most recently, Earth's oceans. He contributed to the development and validation of the first version of NCAR's Community Climate Model (CCM), then led a small team at Los Alamos to extend and apply the model for studies of the “nuclear winter” hypothesis.
Dr. Matthew T. O'Keefe is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. His research is centered on parallel processing, with an emphasis on parallel computer architectures and compilation for these machines. Dr. O 'Keefe formed the Parallel and Computer Systems Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, where research is both industrially and academically oriented. He has worked with others on the Miami Isopycnic Coordinate Ocean Model (MICOM) where his role was developing versions of MICOM suitable for execution on massively parallel processors and shared-memory multiprocessors.
Dr. Richard B. Rood is a senior scientist in the Data Assimilation Office (DAO) at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Rood's scientific background is in the modeling of tracer transport and chemistry in the atmosphere, and more recently, climate modeling. In a previous capacity as head of DAO, he was involved in expanding the scope of data assimilation from numerical weather prediction applications to more generalized Earth science. In 1995 he received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.
Dr. Stephen Zebiak is director of Modeling and Prediction Research at the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Dr. Zebiak has worked in the area of ocean-atmosphere interaction and climate variability since completing his Ph.D. in 1984. He was an author of the first dynamical model used to successfully predict El Niño. He has served on various advisory committees, including the NRC TOGA Advisory Panel. He is
presently co-chair of the U.S. CLIVAR Seasonal-to-Interannual Modeling and Prediction Panel, and is chair of the International CLIVAR Working Group on Seasonal-to-Interannual Prediction.
Dr. Vaughan C. Turekian is a Program Officer with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in 2000. Dr. Turekian's research involves using stable bulk and compound-specific isotope analyses to characterize the sources and processing of aerosols in marine air. He has also used radiogenic isotopes to study residence times in the atmospheric boundary layer and in estuaries.
Dr. Alexandra R. Isern is a Program Officer with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. She received her Ph.D. in Marine Geology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1993. Dr. Isern was a lecturer in Oceanography and Geology at the University of Sydney, Australia from 1994 to 1999. Her research focuses on the influences of paleoclimate and sea level variability on ancient reefs. Dr. Isern is co-chief scientist for Ocean Drilling Program Leg 194 that will investigate the magnitudes of ancient sea level change.
Mr. Carter W. Ford is a Project Assistant for the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. He has been involved in a wide variety of NRC projects including studies pertaining to climate modeling, the GEWEX program, and the World Climate Research Programme. Prior to BASC, Mr. Ford served with the NRC's National Weather Service Modernization Committee. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University (Ohio).