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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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Appendix F

Committee and Staff
Biographical Sketches

COMMITTEE

Dr. John T. Snow (Co-chair) is a Regents’ Professor of Meteorology and Dean Emeritus of the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Electric Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University. Currently, Dr.Snow’s professional interests lie in the field of “Earth System Science,” merging research in the Earth and Life Sciences to generate a comprehensive explanation for “how the world works.” In recent years, Dr. Snow has been involved in a number of local and regional economic development projects and technology transfer efforts. Dr. Snow is involved with a number of professional organizations, serving as an American Meteorological Society(AMS) Fellow, a Royal Meteorological Society Fellow, and a member of the NSF Geosciences Advisory Committee to name a few. The AMS has honored Dr. Snow with the Charles Anderson Award for his efforts in improving education and diversity in the atmospheric sciences, and the Cleveland Abbey Award for his excellent service to both the Society and profession. While his NRC committee membership extends back to the late 1980s, Dr. Snow is currently a member of both BASC and the Panel on Digitization and Communications Science.

Dr. Xubin Zeng (Co-chair) is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA), as well as the Director of the UA Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorolgy Center (CDHC). He holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. Through over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Zeng’s research interests include land-atmosphere-ocean interface processes, climate modeling, hydrometeorology, remote sensing, and nonlinear dynamics. He has given over 80 invited talks at conferences and institutions. His research products (including

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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models, algorithms, and value-added datasets) have been used worldwide by numerous groups (including NCAR, NCEP, ECMWF). In addition to being an elected member of the American Meteorological Society’s Executive Committee and Council, he was recently named an AMS Fellow. This year, Dr. Zeng was named a Galileo Circle Fellow, the highest recognition awarded by the UA College of Science. Dr. Zeng served on two NRC Committees before. Since 2008, he has also served as a member of the National Academies’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC).

Dr. Petra M. Klein is an Associate Professor and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology. She earned both her undergraduate degree in Physics and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. Dr. Klein’s research broadly focuses on atmospheric boundary layer research and tropospheric pollution problems. Specific areas of study include urban meteorology, focusing on the modification of the atmospheric boundary layer structure in urban areas; air pollution studies, notably the dispersion of traffic emissions and the long-range transport of Ozone and its precursor pollutants; as well as wind-tunnel modeling of atmospheric flows. Dr. Klein has served as a member and chair of the AMS Board on the Urban Environment, and is currently a Board member of the International Association for Urban Climatology. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Environmental Fluid Mechanics, and a reviewer for Atmospheric Environment, Atmospheric Research, Boundary Layer Meteorology, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Management, and the Journal of Applied Meteorology.

Dr. Stefanie Ebelt Sarnat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She earned both her B.S. and M.S. from the University of British Columbia, and her Doctor of Science from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Sarnat’s research addresses environmental impacts on human health. With a particular interest in the health effects of air pollution, she is conducting population-based studies in several U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas, and St. Louis, in which she investigates the association between air pollution and health care usage for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Her studies have also addressed the impact of automobile-related air pollution on asthmatic children and other susceptible populations, as well as the impacts of climate and meteorological conditions on acute morbidity. Dr. Sarnat is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, and the International Society of Exposure Science.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a Professor in the Department of Geography’s Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia (UGA). Dr. Shepherd earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physical meteorology from Florida State University. Prior to joining the UGA Faculty, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a research meteorologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. During that time, he served as Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Dr. Sheppard is an AMS/TRW Industry and Dolores Auzene Fellow, and National Achievement Scholar. His research interests include the urban climate, tropical precipitating systems, hydroclimate variability, satellite remote sensing of weather and hydroclimate, as well as the development of innovative outreach strategies and applications for research data. In May 2004, Dr. Shepherd was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for his work on how urban environments affect precipitation. He has since been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Shepherd has well over 65 scholar publications, and he serves as an Editor for the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. He served on the National Academies of Science Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change on U.S. Naval Forces, and presently serves on the NOAA Climate Working Group, the University Space Research Association Earth Science Advisory Committee, and is a Project Associate for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project.

Ellis M. Stanley, Sr. is the Vice President of Western Emergency Management Services at Dewberry’s office in Los Angeles. Dewberry is a respected professional services firm that serves both the public and private sectors. Mr. Stanley has been directing emergency management programs for over thirty years, including ten years spent as the general manager for the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and recently received an honorary doctoral degree for public service from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Mr. Stanley is a faculty member at both Harvard University and American University, where he teaches meta-leadership, and senior crisis management, respectively. In addition, he serves on board of directors for the National Institute of Urban Search and Rescue, and the board for the Disaster Recovery Institute International. He also is a member of Operation Hope, Inc. and the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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NRC Staff

Ms. Katie Thomas is an Associate Program Officer for the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC). She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan in 2004 and her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. Since joining the NRC, she has worked on studies related to climate modeling, weather radar, Arctic Sea ice prediction, and advancing climate science.

Ms. Elizabeth Finkelman is a Senior Program Assistant for the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC). She received her Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from McGill University in 2010, concentrating in molecular biology and political science. Since joining the NRC in March of 2011, she has participated in Board-related projects and studies concerning climate change, urban meteorology, climate modeling, and urban forestry.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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According to the United Nations, three out of five people will be living in cities worldwide by the year 2030. The United States continues to experience urbanization with its vast urban corridors on the east and west coasts. Although urban weather is driven by large synoptic and meso-scale features, weather events unique to the urban environment arise from the characteristics of the typical urban setting, such as large areas covered by buildings of a variety of heights; paved streets and parking areas; means to supply electricity, natural gas, water, and raw materials; and generation of waste heat and materials.

Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs is based largely on the information provided at a Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate community workshop. This book describes the needs for end user communities, focusing in particular on needs that are not being met by current urban-level forecasting and monitoring. Urban Meteorology also describes current and emerging meteorological forecasting and monitoring capabilities that have had and will likely have the most impact on urban areas, some of which are not being utilized by the relevant end user communities.

Urban Meteorology explains that users of urban meteorological information need high-quality information available in a wide variety of formats that foster its use and within time constraints set by users' decision processes. By advancing the science and technology related to urban meteorology with input from key end user communities, urban meteorologists can better meet the needs of diverse end users. To continue the advancement within the field of urban meteorology, there are both short-term needs-which might be addressed with small investments but promise large, quick returns-as well as future challenges that could require significant efforts and investments.

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