Speakers

Dr. Mitch Goldberg | Chief Scientist, Joint Polar Satellite Systems, NOAA/NESDIS
Bio

Dr. Mitch Goldberg earned his B.S. from Rutgers University, and M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. Dr. Goldberg joined NOAA in 1990 and has had held a number of positions of increasing responsibility. He is the JPSS Program Scientist and former Chief of the NESDIS Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division. His scientific expertise is in developing scientific algorithms to derive atmospheric soundings of temperature and water vapor from microwave and infrared sounders. At JPSS, Dr. Goldberg serves as independent expert and representative of the science and user communities responsible for ensuring the scientific integrity at all stages of satellite development. Mitch served as the chair of the World Meteorological Organization's Global Space-based InterCalibration System (GSICS)is the co-chair of the International TOVS Soundings working group, and is the NESDIS science representative to the Coordinated Group on Meteorological Satellites (CGMS). He is the currently chair of the CREST Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Goldberg has received three Gold Medals, one Silver Medal, and three Bronze Medals from the Department of Commerce and more recently the 2010 NOAA Administrator's Award for leadership in developing the international Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS). He received the University of Maryland Most Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 2004.

Deke Arndt | Chief, Monitoring Branch, National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI)
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Deke Arndt has served as the Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center since 2009. The Branch is responsible for analysis and reporting of the status of the Earth's climate system, from large global phenomena like global temperature ("global warming"), to regional occurrences like drought and weather extremes. Mr. Arndt was one of the lead editors for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions of The State of the Climate, an annual supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, featuring input and analysis from 400+ authors in nearly 50 countries. Before coming to NCDC, he spent 15 years at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Mr. Arndt holds a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a student in the University of Oklahoma's Adult & Higher Education Ph.D. program.

Dr. Rick Knabb | Director, National Hurricane Center (NHC), NOAA/NWS
Bio

Dr. Richard Knabb received his Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University (1990) and his Masters of Science and Doctorate in Meteorology from the Florida State University (1993, 1999). He completed his postdoctoral work at the University of Hawaii (2000).

Dr. Knabb was a Research Meteorologist and Lead Forecaster at the Mauna Kea Weather Center from 1999 to 2001. He joined Risk Management Solutions, Inc., in Newark, California, in 2001 as an Assistant Product Manager for Weather Risk. Later that year, he joined NOAA’s National Hurricane Center as the Science and Operations Officer, and was a senior hurricane specialist there in 2005-2008.

In 2008, Dr. Knabb became the Deputy Director of NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He served in that capacity until 2010, when he joined The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia, as its on-air Hurricane Expert and Tropical Science Program Manager. Dr. Knabb is a member of the American Meteorological Society.

Greg Carbin | Weather Prediction Center, NOAA/NWS
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Greg Carbin is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Weather Prediction Center (WPC), in Norman, Oklahoma. Greg is SPC's spokesperson and subject matter expert on thunderstorm forecasting, the climatology of severe local storms, and tornadoes. In his role he also develops and conducts a wide array of informative and educational presentations geared toward diverse groups ranging from Congressional Staff and Emergency Managers to Rotary Clubs, students, and other meteorologists.

Prior to starting his career with the National Weather Service in Charlotte, NC in 1993, Greg was a private sector meteorologist in New York and Vermont. He earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in 1985, and has completed some graduate level course work at the University of Oklahoma, while an employee of the NWS. Greg has served as chair, or co-chair, on the National Severe Weather Workshop Planning Committee since 2007.

Dr. Jim White | Director, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, Univ. of Colorado
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Dr. Jim White is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and also in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado (CU). He is the past Director of Environmental Studies Program at CU, and helped to establish and grow that Program during its first decade. He is current chair of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

His research interests are broad, but all revolve around human impacts on the environment. Specific areas of research include studying the global carbon cycle, both modern and in the past, and reconstructing past environmental conditions using ice cores. He is working now on new deep ice cores in Greenland as well as Antarctica. He is an author of over one hundred peer reviewed publications, and is a Highly Cited Author in the Geosciences.

At CU he teaches a large lecture class in Environmental Studies, as well as a course on energy, the carbon cycle and climate change. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of education in environmental studies, and has worked steadily to break down disciplinary barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better train students in the area of environmental change.

Dr. Ben Strauss | Director, Sea Level Rise Program, Climate Central
Bio

Dr. Benjamin Strauss serves as Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central. He is a national expert and author of numerous scientific papers and reports on sea level rise, as well as architect of the Surging Seas suite of maps, tools and visualizations. Strauss has testified before the U.S. Senate and presented to state and local elected officials, and the White House has highlighted his work. His research and Surging Seas have generated coverage across the U.S. and internationally by, among others, the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian and USA Today, totaling more than 7,500 stories. He has appeared as an expert on national network news, nationally syndicated radio and documentary television.

In earlier roles at Climate Central, Dr. Strauss served as interim Executive Director and COO. He was a founding board member of Grist.org and the Environmental Leadership Program. Strauss co-organized the 1994 Campus Earth Summit, and consulted to the Nathan Cummings Foundation on higher education and the environment. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Biology from Yale University.

Dr. Howie Bluestein | Professor and George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Meteorology, Univ. of Oklahoma
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Prof. Howard B. Bluestein is a Professor and George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma at Norman. He was born in the Boston area, where, except for several years in Miami Beach, he grew up. He received his PhD in meteorology from MIT in 1976 and B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1971 and 1972, respectively, and M. S. degree in meteorology from MIT in 1972.

His main research interests are synoptic, mesoscale, and convective-scale meteorology, with a specialty in using advanced, mobile, Doppler radar systems to study severe convective storms and tornadoes. He has published over 100 papers as a single author, first author, or co-author in refereed scientific journals and in refereed monographs. He is a Fellow (1993) of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a recipient of the AMS Louis J. Battan Author’s Award (2001) for Tornado Alley, and a recipient of the AMS Teaching Excellence Award (2004). He is also the author of a two-volume textbook on synoptic-dynamic meteorology (Oxford University Press, 1992, 1993), a co-editor of an AMS monograph, and the author of a recently published graduate-level textbook on severe convective storms and tornadoes (Springer, June 2013). He is a former member of the AMS committees on radar meteorology and severe local storms and is a former associate editor of Monthly Weather Review. He has served as a chair or member of various UCAR, NSF, and NRC/NAS committees. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation for over 30 years. He is a frequent visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and is an active photographer, hiker, and cross-country skier. He has appeared in documentaries on PBS's NOVA (in four different programs), in an IMAX film, and on many other television and radio programs; his work has been featured internationally in numerous magazines and newspapers.

Dr. Lika Guhathakurta | NASA Headquarters
Bio

As a NASA astrophysicist, Dr. Madhulika "Lika" Guhathakurta has had the opportunity to work as a scientist, mission designer, instrument builder, directing and managing science programs and teacher and spokesperson for NASA's mission and vision in the Heliophysics Division. Occasionally, she performs all of these roles in a single day.

Before joining NASA Headquarters in December of 1998, her career had focused on studying the importance of the scientific exploration of space in particular understanding the Sun as a star and its influence on the planet Earth, with research focus on understanding the magneto hydrodynamics of the Sun's outermost layer, the solar corona. She has been a Co-Investigator on five Spartan 201 missions on aboard space shuttles (STS-56, STS-64, STS-69, STS-87, STS-95) to study the solar corona in white-light and UV radiation and has authored over 70 publications.

Dr. Guhathakurta is the Lead Program Scientist for NASA's initiative called "Living With a Star" (LWS) which focuses on understanding and ultimately predicting solar variability and its diverse effects on Earth, human technology and astronauts in space. The systems science behind this new kind of weather outside of Earth's terrestrial atmosphere is known as "Space Weather". She is also the Program Scientist for the recently launched twin satellites "Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory" (STEREO). STEREO is a two-year mission which will employ two nearly identical space-based observatories - one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind - to provide the first-ever stereoscopic measurements to study the Sun and the nature of its coronal mass ejections, or CMEs and their impact on space-weather. In addition to leading science missions for the LWS program, Dr Guhathakurta also manages a theory, modeling and data analysis program to integrate scientific output, data, and models to generate a comprehensive, systems understanding of Sun-Heliosphere-Planets coupling. She is the discipline scientist of this new discipline titled "Heliophysics."

Dr. Guhathakurta is leading an effort in an international initiative known as the "International Living With a Star" (ILWS) consisting of all the space agencies of the world to contribute towards the scientific goal for Space Weather understanding. She is the chair of ILWS Steering Committee. She is also a co-chair on the inter-agency group "Committee on Space Weather" (CSW) of the National Space Weather Program.

A native of India, Dr. Guhathakurta received her Masters in Astrophysics from University of Delhi and Ph.D. in Physics from University of Denver and University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dale Eck | Director, Global Forecast Center, The Weather Company
Bio

Dale Eck (57) is Director of the Global Forecast Center at The Weather Company in Atlanta, GA. In 2016 The Weather Company digital team (not the TV Network) was purchased by IBM and is now an IBM Business. The Global Forecast Center is part of Global Forecast Services group within The Weather Channel Companies with offices in Atlanta, Andover, MA, Dallas, Chicago, New York, San Francisco CA, Madison, WI and Birmingham, England. Offices will also soon be opening in Japan and Korea. He and his Team of Meteorologists are responsible for 15 day forecasts for 2.9 million unique forecasts around the world and providing consultation to The Weather Channel Programming Team, NBC, the Atlanta Braves organization, Weather.com editorial meteorologists, and providing content to weather.com. Forecasts for both hourly and daily through 15 days and have 15 minute resolution through the first six hours. Forecasts are generated through a combination of model assimilation and statistical analysis with human forecasters over the loop to add context and monitor for accuracy.

Dalehas been with The Weather Channel/The Weather Company for 30 years (August 1986 to the present). Prior to his current position he held positions as Weather Products Manager, an Internal Consultant for a Quality Management program, On Camera Meteorology Supervisor, and On Camera Meteorologist.

Prior to The Weather Channel, Dale was on-air meteorologist for one year at WGXA-TV in Macon, GA (September 1985-August 1986). Following graduation from PennStateUniversity with a BS degree in Meteorology in May 1981, he spent the first four years of his professional career in domestic and international operational forecasting for Accu-Weather Inc. in State College, PA (June 1981- June 1985).

Dale currently resides in Atlanta with his wife Joan Millett and two step daughters (Andrea and Kate). He has three children. His son Jonathon is 24 years old and holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of Georgia, and started Medical School at the Medical College of Georgia in the fall. He has two daughters. Julia is 20, graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA in the Summer of 2016 with a degree in Exercise Science. She is now attending Graduate school at Georgia Regents College in Augusta where she is striving to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy. His youngest daughter Olivia is a senior in high school and plans to attend a college in the southeast and major in nursing.

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