Committee Membership Information


Mr. Raymond J. Ban - (Chair)
Ban and Associates, LLC

Mr. Raymond J. Ban is retired Executive Vice President of Programming, Operations and Meteorology at The Weather Channel, Inc. (TWC). Currently, he serves as Consultant for Weather Industry and Government Partnerships, responsible for growing TWC relationships with the atmospheric science community across the entire weather and climate enterprise. He is currently President of Ban and Associates, LLC, providing consultative services to the weather media industry and also a guest lecturer in the Meteorology Department at Penn State University where he teaches one month each semester in the Weather Communications Program. He has served on the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Academy of Sciences, and was Chair of the Academy Committee on Effective Communication of Uncertainty in Weather and Climate Forecasts and most recently as Chair of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Currently, he is active on several Boards and Committees including Co-Chair of the Weather Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Environmental Education Foundation and a member of the Advisory Council to The National Center for Atmospheric Research. He earned his B.S. in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1973.


Dr. Julie Pullen
Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Julie Pullen is Director of the Maritime Security Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology. She uses high-resolution coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling in order to understand and forecast the dynamics of coastal urban regions throughout the world. Her research interests encompass the ocean response to atmospheric flows around island topography, as well as sea breeze interactions with city morphology during heat waves. Applications include predicting chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) dispersion in coastal cities in the event of a terrorist or accidental release. She was a principal investigator on a Department of Homeland Security grant to improve prediction of CBR dispersion in New York City by integrating multi-scale modeling of air, sea, and buildings. Additionally, Dr. Pullen was a member of the management team for the midtown Manhattan 2005 Urban Dispersion Program tracer release study, the largest of its kind in the United States. She serves on the international GODAE Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team. Dr. Pullen earned her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography at Oregon State University.


Dr. Pierre F. Lermusiaux
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Pierre F. Lermusiaux is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Science and Engineering at MIT. He received a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, the Wallace Prize at Harvard (1993), and the Ogilvie Young Investigator Lecture in Ocean Eng. at MIT (1998). He was awarded the MIT Doherty Chair in Ocean Utilization (2009-2011) and the 2010 Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching by the School of Eng. at MIT. He has made outstanding contributions in data assimilation, as well as in ocean modeling and uncertainty predictions. His research thrusts include understanding and modeling complex physical and interdisciplinary oceanic dynamics and processes. With his group, he creates, develops and utilizes new mathematical models and computational methods for ocean predictions and dynamical diagnostics, for optimization and control of autonomous ocean systems, for uncertainty quantification and prediction, and for data assimilation and data-model comparisons. He has participated in many national and international sea exercises. He has served on numerous committees and organized major meetings. He is associate editor in three journals. He has more than eighty refereed publications.


Dr. Eric Chassignet
Florida State University

Dr. Eric Chassignet is a Professor and Director of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies. His current area of research interest is on the role of the ocean in climate variability from the complementary perspectives of coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling and observations. Dr. Chassignet?s emphasis is on the study of the thermohaline circulation, western boundary currents, associated eddies and their impact on the world ocean circulation. Dr. Chassignet earned his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Miami.


Dr. Scott Sandgathe
University of Washington

Dr. Scott Sandgathe is a Senior Principal Meteorologist in the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. He has extensive experience in operational oceanography and meteorology including tropical meteorology, synoptic analysis and forecasting, and numerical weather prediction. He is a retired Navy Commander and has served as the Deputy Director of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and onboard the USS Carl Vinson supporting battle group operations including meteorological and oceanographic support. In addition, he has held a number of positions in research policy and planning in the Navy. Prior to joining the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, he was the Team Leader for the Office of Naval Research Marine Meteorology and Atmospheric Effects Program where he supported research and technology development. He served as the DoD working group member on the Federal Coordinating Committee on Science, Engineering and Technology Subcommittee on U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program and the Climate Modeling working group and chaired the working group to develop the joint DoD-DoE-EPA Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program research agenda. He is currently a technical advisor to National Earth System Prediction Capability and the National Unified Operational Prediction Capability, two multi-agency programs focused on improving operational numerical weather and climate prediction through multi-agency collaboration. His current research is in developing automated forecast verification techniques for mesoscale numerical weather prediction and developing parameter optimization techniques for numerical modeling. Dr. Sandgathe is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and currently holds a top secret security clearance. Dr. Sandgathe joined the Laboratory in 2001.


Dr. Robert Hallberg
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Robert Hallberg is an Oceanographer and the Head of the Oceans and Ice-sheet Processes and Climate Group at NOAA?s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and a Lecturer on the faculty of Princeton University. He has a 1995 Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and a 1990 B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago. He has spent many years developing isopycnal (density) coordinate ocean models to the point where they now are valuable tools for coupled climate studies, including extensive work on the robustness of the models? numerical techniques, and on the development or incorporation of parameterizations of a wide range of physical processes. The isopycnal coordinate ocean model that Dr. Hallberg developed provides the physical ocean component of GFDL?s ESM2G comprehensive Earth System Model, which was used in the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, and its dynamic core is the basis for version 6 of the Modular Ocean Model (MOM6). Dr. Hallberg has used global-scale numerical ocean simulations to study topics as varied as the dynamics of Southern Ocean eddies and their role in the ocean?s response to climate, sources of steric sea level rise, and the fate of the deep plumes of methane and oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Hallberg has been actively involved in three ocean Climate Process Teams, studying Gravity Current Entrainment, Eddy-Mixed Layer Interactions, and Internal Wave Driven Mixing. These teams aim to improve the representation of these processes in climate-scale models, based on the best understanding that can be obtained from observations, process studies, and theory. He is currently working on coupling a dynamic ice-sheet and ice-shelf model with high resolution versions of GFDL?s coupled climate models for improved prediction of sea-level rise, and is leading the effort to modernize GFDL's sea-ice model.


Dr. John A. Dutton
Prescient Weather, Ltd.

Dr. John A. Dutton is President of Prescient Weather Ltd., a firm providing information and strategies for managing weather and climate risk, and is chief executive of the World Climate Service, a commercial seasonal forecasting enterprise. He is professor emeritus of meteorology and dean emeritus of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Dutton holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Wisconsin?Madison and served for three years as an officer in the Air Weather Service of the U.S. Air Force. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the author of a variety of articles on the dynamics of atmospheric motion as well as two text books: Dynamics of Atmospheric Motion (Dover, originally The Ceaseless Wind) and Atmospheric Turbulence (with Hans Panofsky). Dr. Dutton has been active in the AMS, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and in National Academy of Science studies related to atmospheric science, space science, and aviation. He chaired the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate while it produced The Atmospheric Sciences Entering the Twenty-First Century and most recently chaired an NRC committee that produced a report For Greener Skies?Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Aviation. Dr. Dutton also served on an NRC committee that examined the potential of high-end computing for the atmospheric and other sciences. Earlier, he was the principal author of an award-winning NRC report Weather for Those Who Fly. He is a member of the Climate Working Group of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and co-chaired a task force that produced a recent report, A Vision and a Model for NOAA and Private Sector Collaboration in a National Climate Services Enterprise. In recent years, he has been a member of the community-based committee reviewing and advising on the operations of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) of the U.S. National Weather Service. Dr. Dutton and his wife Elizabeth reside in Boalsburg, PA. Dr. Dutton is a licensed commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings.


Dr. Chidong Zhang
University of Miami

Dr. Chidong Zhang is a Professor of at the University of Miami. His research interests include large-scale air-sea interaction and atmospheric dynamics in the tropics. He led the 2011-12 Indian Ocean field campaign of DYNAMO (Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation). He is currently an American Meteorological Society Council member, American Meteorological Society Fellow, and Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere. Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1989


Dr. Laura Myers
University of Alabama

Dr. Laura Myers is a Senior Research Social Scientist and Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Public Safety, at The University of Alabama. Her research, publication and training areas include disaster management and planning, weather enterprise application research, criminal justice education, criminal courts, criminal justice ethics, and criminal justice administration. Dr. Myers has received over $600,000 in Department of Homeland Security grants to develop and create a model for regional emergency planning, with emphasis on the social science aspects of partnership planning between the National Weather Service and their weather enterprise partners including emergency management, broadcast meteorology, and end-users of their products. Through these grants, Dr. Myers works with the National Weather Service providing social science research for severe weather warning improvement and risk communication projects. Dr. Myers earned her Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University.


Ms. Anka Kamrath
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Ms. Anke Kamrath is director of Computing Operations and Services in NCAR?s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. She came to NCAR in 2009 after 22 years at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Kamrath has over 27 years experience in supporting, operating, deploying and managing world-class supercomputing resources in support of scientific research. She has oversight responsibilities for the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, all supercomputing operations and for all computing systems, operational and services staff. Prior to her experience in supercomputing, she worked as a rocket scientist at the Aerospace


Dr. Andy Brown
United Kingdom Meteorological Office

Dr. Andy Brown is the Director of Science at the UK Met Office. He works with the Chief Scientist on the development and implementation of our Science Strategy. He has specific responsibilities for the Foundation Science area, which provides the underpinning science and capabilities that support Met Office weather and climate services. Dr. Brown joined the Met Office in 1990 and has worked in a number of roles in science aimed at improving our understanding of the atmosphere and improving its representation in our computer models for weather and climate prediction. Additionally he has undertaken a secondment to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). He has been active in international science coordination through involvement with the World Meteorological Organization and for the last 5 years has been co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme/CAS Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE).


Dr. Daryl T. Kleist
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Daryl T. Kleist is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. His research interests include data assimilation, numerical weather prediction, atmospheric predictability, targeted observing, data thinning and forecast sensitivity. His data assimilation research has primarily focused on improving initial conditions through algorithm development for operational numerical weather prediction for short- and medium-range time scales. Most recently, he has worked on developing and testing a hybrid ensemble-variational (EnVar) algorithm with an extension to four dimensions that does not require the use of an adjoint model. Before joining the faculty at Maryland, Dr. Kleist spent more than ten years working at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Environmental Modeling Center as a member of the data assimilation team and within the global climate and weather modeling branch. There, he worked on various aspects of the operational data assimilation system for the global forecast system. Prior to leaving NCEP, he was leading the effort on the testing and development of the 4D EnVar algorithm for operational implementation in the global data assimilation system. Dr. Kleist earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Maryland.


Dr. Duane Waliser
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Duane Waliser is Chief Scientist of the Earth Science and Technology Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, which formulates, develops and operates of a wide range of Earth Science remote sensing instruments for NASA?s airborne and satellite program. His principle research interests lie in climate dynamics and in global atmosphere-ocean modeling, prediction and predictability, with emphasis on the Tropics and the Earth's water cycle. His recent research foci at JPL involves utilizing new and emerging satellite data sets to study weather and climate as well as advance our model simulation and forecast capabilities, particularly for long-range weather and short-term climate applications. He received a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University in 1985, a M.S. in Physics from U.C. San Diego in 1987, and his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at U.C. San Diego in 1992. He is presently a member of the WCRP-WWRP/THORPEX Madden-Julian Oscillation Task Team, Co-Chair of the Center of the WCRP Data Advisory Council?s obs4MIPs Task Team, and Co-chair of the WCRP-WWRP/THORPEX Year of Tropical Convection (YOTC) Activity. Dr. Waliser is also a Visiting Associate in the Geological and Planetary Sciences Division at Caltech and an Adjunct Professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at UCLA.


Dr. Cecilia Bitz
University of Washington

Dr. Cecilia Bitz is a Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Washington. Her research interests include climate dynamics, polar climate predictability, climate change, paleoclimate, the role of sea ice in the climate system, and sea ice model development. The primary tools for her research are a variety of models, from simple reduced models to sophisticated climate system models. Dr. Bitz is co-lead of the new Polar Climate Predictability Initiative of the World Climate Research Program and co-PI on the Sea Ice Prediction Network. Dr. Bitz is a member of the Advisory Board for the Community Earth System Model, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. She received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1997.


Dr. Hai Lin
Environmental Government

Dr. Hai Lin is a Senior Research Scientist at Environment Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at McGill University, and Editor-in-Chief of Atmosphere-Ocean. His research interests include climate dynamics and modeling, numerical weather prediction, environmental science, and environmental awareness. He was the recipient of the 2010 President's Prize of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He is a member of the Steering Group for Subseasional to Seasonal Prediction of the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and a member of the Committee for Climate Variability and Change of the American Meteorological Society. He earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University.