Review of NOAA Working Group Report on
Maintaining the Continuation of
Long-term Satellite Total Solar Irradiance
Committee on Evaluating NOAA’s Plan to Mitigate the
Loss of Total Solar Irradiance Measurements from Space
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
Division on Earth and Life Studies
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COMMITTEE ON EVALUATING NOAA’S PLAN TO MITIGATE THE LOSS OF TOTAL SOLAR IRRADIANCE MEASUREMENTS FROM SPACE
GRAEME L. STEPHENS (Chair), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
JOANNA D. HAIGH, Imperial College of London, United Kingdom
JOHN W. HARVEY, National Solar Observatory, Tucson, Arizona
CHARLES ICHOKU, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
KUO-NAN LIOU (NAE), University of California, Los Angeles
JOSEPH RICE, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland
WILLIAM SMITH, Hampton University, Virginia
BRUCE WIELICKI, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
MAGGIE WALSER, Study Director
ART CHARO, Senior Program Officer
ELIZABETH FINKELMAN, Senior Program Assistant
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Thomas Ackerman, University of Washington
Claus Fröhlich, Physikalisch-
Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos
Jeffrey Hall, Lowell Observatory
Jeff Knight, UK Met Office
Kevin Maschhoff, BAE Systems
Richard Willson, ACRIM Consulting
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BOARD ON ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES AND CLIMATE
ANTONIO J. BUSALACCHI, JR. (Chair), University of Maryland, College Park
GERALD A. MEEHL (Vice Chair), National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
LANCE F. BOSART, State University of New York, Albany
RICHARD CARBONE, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
SHUYI S. CHEN, University of Miami, Florida
KIRSTIN DOW, University of South Carolina, Columbia
PAMELA EMCH, Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California
LISA GODDARD, Columbia University, New York, New York
ISAAC HELD, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Princeton, New Jersey
ANTHONY JANETOS, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park
JOHN E. KUTZBACH, University of Wisconsin, Madison
ARTHUR LEE, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, California
ROBERT J. LEMPERT, The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California
STEPHEN W. PACALA, Princeton University, New Jersey
ARISTIDES A. N. PATRINOS, Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
RAYMOND T. PIERREHUMBERT, University of Chicago, Illinois
KIMBERLY PRATHER, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
RICH RICHELS, Electric Power Research Institute, Inc., Washington, DC
DAVID A. ROBINSON, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey
JOHN T. SNOW, University of Oklahoma, Norman
CLAUDIA TEBALDI, Climate Central, Princeton, New Jersey
XUBIN ZENG, University of Arizona, Tucson
SUSAN ROBERTS, Interim Director
EDWARD DUNLEA, Senior Program Officer
LAURIE GELLER, Senior Program Officer
MAGGIE WALSER, Program Officer
KATIE THOMAS, Associate Program Officer
LAUREN BROWN, Research Associate
AMANDA PURCELL, Research and Financial Associate
RITA GASKINS, Administrative Coordinator
ROB GREENWAY, Program Associate
ELIZABETH FINKLEMAN, Senior Program Assistant
SHELLY FREELAND, Senior Program Assistant