Dr. Thomas H Vonder Haar


Professor Vonder Haar joined the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science Faculty in 1970 after a post doctoral appointment at the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Vonder Haar's honors and professional activities include: Member, National Academy of Engineering, presently Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere; Chairman, World Climate Programme Working Group on Radiation Fluxes; Member, NASA Science Teams; NIMBUS-3, NIMBUS-7; Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE); CloudSat; Member Science Steering Group for the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment; AMS Second Half Century (Charney) Award; Abell Faculty Research and Graduate Program Support Award; Engineering Dean's Council Award, CSU University Distinguished Professor, U.S. Member of the Joint Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Climate Research Programme, elected to the Council and Executive Committee of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Research interests lie in the areas of global energy budget, remote sensing from satellites, local area forecasting and geoscience. Present research activities include work on the Earth Radiation Budget and fundamental relationships with the Climate System. His work included some of the first results of the direct solar irradiance measurements from satellites and the exchange of energy between Earth and Space. Studies on the interaction of clouds and radiation and the general circulation have formed a basis for national and international plans leading to the Global Energy and Water Experiment and programs related to global change. Developed and directs CSU's Satellite Earthstation to support research on storms at all scales. He also co-authored the textbook: Satellite Meteorology, an Introduction.

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