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Lennart Bengtsson
Max Planck Society and the University of Reading
Lennart Bengtsson is Director Emeritus of the Max Plank Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg and Professor at Earth System Science Centre at the University of Reading. He is Member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea and corresponding Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and the Nordrhein-Westfaelische Wissenschaftsakademie. His primary research interest is in atmospheric modelling and data-assimilation. He was Director of ECMWF 1982-1990 and Director of Research at ECMWF 1975-1981. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Uppsala, Sweden and a PhD (fil.lic.) at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He was awarded the Julius von Hann Award by the Austrian Meteorological Society in 1986, the Koerber Award in 1990, the Milankovitch Award by the European Meteorological Society in 1996 and the German Environmental Award in 1998. He has been actively involved in a number of committees over a long range of years including WGNE (chair, 1978-1985), WGCM (chair, 1995-2000), BALTEX Steering Group (chair, 1994-2000), ESAC (European Space Administration Earth System Advisory Committee) (chair, 1999-present). He was also one of the initiators to CLIVAR (chair of the planning group 1991-1993) and GEWEX. He is member of the editorial board of several journals and the author and co-author of some 170 papers. For further information see

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Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen
Danish Meteorological Institute
Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen received his M.S. (cand. scient.) in physics and mathematics at the University of Copenhagen in 1986, and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Copenhagen in 1990. He joined the Danish Meteorological Institute in 1990, where his current title is senior advisor. He is the project leader of the regional climate modelling group, and daily leader of the Danish Climate Centre secretariat. In addition to his service at the Danish Meteorological Institute, he spent nine months at Météo France in 1992. He is the chairman of the Danish Meteorological Society (DaMS) and a member of the American Geophysical Union, and the European Geophysical Society. He is the author of some 20 journal articles. He was a contributing Lead Author on IPCC's 2nd Assessment Report and Lead Author on IPCC's 3rd Assessment Report, Chapter 10: Regional Climate Information $#8211; Evaluation and Projections. He is currently a panel member in the ACSYS/CLIC numerical experimentation group (NEG) under WCRP.

Ulrich Cubasch
Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie
Ulrich Cubasch is heading the group "Models and Data" at the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie in Hamburg, Germany. His primary research interests are climate model developments, climate model applications and global change simulations. He received his Diplom at the University of Kiel (Germany), his Doctorate and his Habilitation at the University of Hamburg. He served as a scientist at the ECMWF in Reading (UK), as a senior scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie and as a principal scientist at the DKRZ (German Climate Computing Center) in Hamburg. He has been lead author in various IPCC reports and is convening lead author in the third assessment report for chapter 9 "Projections of Future Climate Change." He is advising the German parliamentary commission on "Nachhaltige Energieversorgung unter den Bedingungen der Globalisierung und der Liberalisierung (sustainable energy supply under the conditions of globalization and liberalization)."

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Michael S. Fox-Rabinovitz
University of Maryland
Michael S. Fox-Rabinovitz is Senior Research Scientist/Professor at the University of Maryland. He is affiliated with Data Assimilation Office, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. His major current activities are: (a) development of a variable resolution stretched grid (SG)-GCM and a variable resolution SG-DAS (data assimilation system) for regional and subregional climate studies and applications; (b) regional climate studies of anomalous U.S. summer events with the SG-GCM and SG-DAS; (c) diabatic initialization for data assimilation systems; and (d) numerical approximations and filters. He received his Masters degree in Fluid Dynamics, and a Ph.D. in Dynamic Meteorology from Moscow State University, the FSU. After immigration to the U.S. in 1987 he worked at M.I.T. (1987-1988) and then at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/USRA (1988-1994) as a Senior Research Scientist. He served as a member of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, during 1992-1995.

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W. Lawrence Gates
Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Larry joined LLNL in 1989 to establish the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) under the sponsorship of the DOE. Prior to that time he was Professor and Chairman in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and Director of the university’s Climatic Research Institute. His experience also includes the directorship of the Climate Program at the Rand Corporation, and a professorship in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UCLA. He received his doctorate in meteorology from MIT in 1955, and his current research interests are in climate modeling, model diagnosis, and the simulation of climate change. He has served on numerous national and international advisory boards, panels and committees, and during 1994-2000 was Chairman of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme. He is the (founding) Editor of the international research journal Climate Dynamics.

Filippo Giorgi
Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Filippo Giorgi is the head of the Physics of Weather and Climate Group of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, where he moved in 1998. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Geophysical Sciences of the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986 and worked from 1986 to 1998 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. He pioneered the use of limited area atmospheric models for climate studies and developed a regional climate model (RegCM), which widely used by the regional climate research community. His primary research interests focus on regional climate modeling and simulation, chemistry-climate interactions and land-atmosphere interactions. He is coordinating lead author of Chapter 10. Regional climate information: Evaluation and projections) of the WGI Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).

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Bruce Hewitson
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Bruce Hewitson is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he heads up the Climate System Analysis Group. He received his Bachelors degree (1988) from the University of Cape Town, and a MS (1990) and Ph.D. in climatology (1991) from the Pennsylvania State University. His primary research foci are climate variability, seasonal forecasting, and climate change downscaling for southern Africa using both regional climate models and empirical techniques. He has served for 5 years on the pan-Africa START committee, is a co-lead author on regional climate change for the IPCC Third Assessment Report, and is a council member for the South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences. A key extension activity is capacity building of regional climate modeling and analysis among young scientists in Africa.

Marty Hoerling
NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center
Martin Hoerling is a meteorologist in NOAA's Climate Diagnostics Center located in Boulder, Colorado. His research interests include climate variability on seasonal to centennial time scales, focusing on air-sea interactions such as related to El Nino/Southern Oscillation. He received his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1987. He is principal investigator on several research projects to understand the origin and assess the predictability of global climate variations, working in collaboration with operational prediction centers at the National Centers for Climate Prediction and LaMont-Doherty's International Research Institute. He is also project manager for NOAA's Regional Integrated Science Assessment on Water, Climate and Society in the Interior Western United States, focusing on the region's sensitivity and responses to climate variations.

Steve Hostetler
U.S. Geological Survey, Corvallis, Oregon
Steve Hostetler has been a research hydrologist with the Water Resources Division of the USGS since 1987. He received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University and a Masters degree in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon. He was a member of the Interdisciplinary Climate Systems group (ICS) at NCAR from 1988 through 1992, and an Associate Scientist with the Climate Change Research Division at NCAR from 1994 though 1997. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geosciences and the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. His main research areas include field studies of lakes and glaciers and modeling surface and atmospheric processes with an emphasis on integrating paleoclimate simulations with geologic data.

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Richard Jones
Hadley Centre
Dr. Richard Jones has worked at the Hadley Centre since its inception in1990 (previously pursuing research into computational fluid dynamics at Oxford University). He developed the Hadley Centre's regional climate modeling system and has subsequently managed the Hadley Centre's extensive regional modeling program. He has written papers on modeling present day and future climates of Europe and the south Asian monsoon region and on sources of errors in the simulation of regional climate. He has been involved in several European Commission funded projects on regional climate including coordinating MERCURE, a project focused on improving a series of European regional climate models. He is a lead author for the IPCC Third Assessment report chapter on Regional Climate Information.

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Tiruvalam N. Krishnamurti
Florida State University
Dr. Krishnamurti is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Department of Meteorology at the Florida State University. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics at Delhi University, M.S. in Meteorology at the Andhra University, and Ph.D. in Meteorology at the University of Chicago. He has specialized in studies of monsoon, hurricanes and numerical weather prediction and more recently on multimodel superensemble forecasts for global weather (including hurricanes) and climate. He has published over 250 papers and two textbooks. He has received the highest awards of the American Meteorological Society, the Charney Award and the Rossby Award (1974, 1985). He has worked closely with the World Meteorological Organization and is a member of several of its committees especially on tropical meteorological and numerical weather prediction. He is active in teaching, research and national and international activities related to his field of interest. He has been an active member of AMS publications and is currently on the editorial board of the Monthly Weather Review.

Ying-Hwa (Bill) Kuo
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Bill Kuo is a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Director of the COSMIC Project $#8211; Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate. His primary research interests are mesoscale modeling, data assimilation, and numerical weather prediction. He received his Bachelors degree from the National Taiwan University, Masters degree from the South Dakota Schools of Mines and Technology, and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University, in 1983. He led the development of the MM5 model and its data assimilation systems, which are used widely in the university community. He is currently the Co-Chief Editor of Monthly Weather Review.

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Rene Laprise
University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)
Rene Laprise is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at UQAM since 1988. His research interests are wide ranging: regional climate model development, numerical methods, atmospheric dynamics at large- and meso-scales, and budget diagnostics. He received his Bachelor degree in Physics from the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec) in 1973, his Masters degree in Atmospheric Sciences from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) in 1977, and his Doctoral degree in Atmospheric Physics from University of Toronto (Ontario) in 1987. He served as forecaster for the Meteorological Service of Canada (73-75), and as research meteorologist (77-83) and later as research scientist (87-88) at the Canadian Climate Centre where he contributed to the building and exploitation of the first two generations of Canadian GCM. He developed a conservative vertical discretization and implemented a semi-Lagrangian tracer transport scheme in the Canadian GCM. In 1989 he designed with A. J. Robert the first computationally efficient fully elastic nonhydrostatic dynamical kernel. In 1992 he designed a novel vertical coordinate for non-hydrostatic models which is now used by numerical weather prediction groups in USA, France and Canada. He chairs the Joint WGCM/WGNE ad hoc Panel on Regional Climate Modelling. He founded the Canadian RCM group a decade ago and has since been its principal investigator.

Dennis Lettenmaier
University of Washington
Dennis Lettenmaier received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) at the University of Washington in 1971, his M.S. in Civil, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering at the George Washington University in 1973, and his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1975. He joined the University of Washington faculty in 1976. In addition to his service at the University of Washington, he spent a year as visiting scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, VA (1985-86) and was the Program Manager of NASA's Land Surface Hydrology Program at NASA Headquarters in 1997-98. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Water Resources Association, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a recipient of ASCE's Huber Research Prize in 1990, is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society, and is the author of over 100 journal articles. He is currently Chief Editor of the American Meteorological Society Journal of Hydrometeorology.

L. Ruby Leung
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Ruby Leung is a Staff Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She received her B.Sc. in Physics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Texas A&M University in 1988 and 1991. Her primary research interests are regional climate modeling, cloud parameterizations, land-atmosphere interactions, and water resources applications. She has been applying regional climate and hydrologic models to understand the impacts of climate variability and change on water resources in the U.S. and East Asia. She is currently chairing a working group for the development of a Community Regional Climate Model based on the NCAR/Penn State Mesoscale Model MM5. She also serves on the Regional Climate Working Group for the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model. She chaired the program committee and organized the workshop on Regional Climate Research: Needs and Opportunities, co-sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and Department of Energy in April 2001.

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Linda O. Mearns
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Linda O. Mearns is Deputy Director of the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography/Climatology from UCLA. She has performed research and published in the areas of crop-climate interactions, climate change scenario formation, climate change impacts on agro-ecosystems, and analysis of climate variability and extreme climate events in both observations and climate models. She has particularly worked extensively with regional climate models. She has most recently published papers on comparing climate change scenarios formed from regional climate models and statistical downscaling, and several others exploring the effect of different spatial scales of climate change scenarios on determination of agricultural impacts of climate change. She has also published a series of articles on the effects of changes in climate variability (in contrast to changes in mean climate) on simulated crop yields. She has contributed to the IPCC Climate Change 1992 and 1995 Reports on the subject of climate variability in general circulation models, and impacts of climate change on agriculture. She is a member of the IPCC Task Group on Scenarios for Climate Impact Assessment, and is co-convening Lead Author for the chapter on Climate Scenario Development in IPCC Working Group I for the IPCC Third Assessment Report, and a Lead Author on two other chapters in Working Groups I and II: one on Regional Projections of Climatic Change and the other in WG2 on Scenarios. She currently leads an integrated assessment project funded by the EPA, NASA, and USDA, on the effects of changes in climate variability on crop production in the Southeastern U.S.

James Murphy
United Kingdom Meteorological Office
James Murphy joined the Met Office in 1981. He has spent the subsequent 20 years using general circulation models to predict climate anomalies on various time scales. Initially he investigated the use of ensembles of atmospheric model simulations to make monthly forecasts. Following a move into long-term climate prediction he became heavily involved in the Hadley Centre's first simulation of future climate change using a coupled ocean-atmosphere model. For much of the last 10 years he has worked on predicting regional climate change using RCMs. Currently he is leading a team developing a methodology for ensemble prediction on the decadal time scale and is also involved in a new project aimed at quantifying uncertainty in model predictions.

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Tim Osborn
Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia
Tim Osborn is a Senior Research Associate in the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. He received a B.Sc. in Geophysical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia. His Ph.D., under the supervision of Tom Wigley, was concerned with internal variability of the thermohaline circulation and was completed in close collaboration with Tim Barnett at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Since completing his PhD in 1995, he has undertaken and published research across a broad range of climatic disciplines, including climate and ocean modelling, climate variability, analysis of observational, satellite, palaeoclimatic and climate model data sets, and the reconstruction of past climate. A common theme to much of his research has been the evaluation of climate model simulations, from global and multi-decadal time scales down to daily variations at single grid boxes. He currently sits on the editorial board and committee of the International Journal of Climatology.

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Roger A. Pielke Sr.
Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
Roger Pielke graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in Mathematics from the Towson State College, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1969 and 1973. He has served as Chairman and Member of the AMS Committee on Weather Forecasting and Analysis, and was Chief Editor for the Monthly Weather Review for 5 years from 1981 to 1985 and the Journal of Atmospheric Science from 1995-2000. He was declared "Researcher of 1993" by the Colorado State University Research Foundation. He has authored a book published by Academic Press entitled "Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling" (1984) and is currently finishing a 2nd edition to be published in 2001, a book for Routledge Press entitled "The Hurricane" (1990), a book (co-authored with W.R. Cotton) for Cambridge Press entitled "Human Impacts on Weather and Climate" (1995), a book (co-authored with R.A. Pielke, Jr.) entitled "Hurricanes: Their Nature and Impacts on Society" published in 1997 by John Wiley and Sons, and is Co-Chief Editor (with R.A. Pielke, Jr.) of a book entitled "Storms", published by Routledge Press in 1999. He was elected a Fellow of the AMS in 1982. From 1993-1996, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the US National Science Report (1991-1994) for the American Geophysical Union. In 1999, he received NOAA's ERL Outstanding Scientific Paper (with Conrad Ziegler and John Lee) for a modeling study of the convective dryline. He was designated a Pennsylvania State Centennial Fellow in 1996, and named the Pennsylvania State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Alumni of the year for 1999 (with Bill Cotton). He has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals, 40 chapters in books, and co-edited 4 books. A listing of papers can be viewed at the project website at

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David Randall
Colorado State University
David Randall is Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and a member of the Professional Airline Passenger's Association. His primary research interests are climate model development and the role of clouds in climate change. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976. He served as an Assistant Professor at M.I.T., and also worked as a Meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He was awarded NASA’s Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in1988, and the Mesinger Award of the American Meteorological Society in 1994. He has been Co-Chair of the FIRE Science Team since 1983, and is past Chair of the ARM Science Team. He is currently Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Community Climate System Model.

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Hans von Storch
GKSS Research Centre
Hans von Storch studied mathematics, physics and Danish at the University of Hamburg, and received a diploma in mathematics in 1976. While a student he also worked as a programmer at the Department of Oceanography. He went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Meteorological Department of the University of Hamburg in 1979, and his "Habilitation" in 1985. From 1987-1995, he was Senior Scientist and leader of the "Statistical Analysis and Modelling" group at the Max Planck-Institut for Meteorology (Hasselmann division). In 1996, Hans von Storch became director of the Institute of Hydrophysics at the GKSS Research Centre and professor at the Meteorological Department of the University of Hamburg. The Institute of Hydrophysics became on 1. January 2001 part of the Institute of Coastal Research. Within that institute, he is director of the division "Systems Analysis and Modelling" and responsible for the research programme "Anthropogenic and Natural Variations in the Coastal Environmental System". His scientific interests are statistical analysis (especially transfer functions relating large-scale climate to local features, identification of modal structures in geophysical fields; data driven simulations), simulation of regional climates and pathways of matter, paleoclimatic modelling, and transfer of knowledge from natural sciences to the public arena (in cooperation with social and cultural scientists). He has published seven books, and numerous articles and is in charge of a number of projects. He is editor of the Climate Research and Regional Environmental Change, member of the advisory boards of the Journal of Climate, Global Atmosphere Ocean System and Meteorologische Zeitschrift, and of the organisations Danmarks Klimacenter and Institut für Atmosphärenphysik (Kühlungsborn, Germany), organizer of the GKSS School on Environmental Research and lead author of Chapter 10 "Regional Climate Information: Evaluation and Projections" of the Third Assessment Report (TAR) of the IPCC. Member of the steering committee of the International Meeting on Statistical Climatology and of the committee for the Eduard Brückner award.

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Peter Whetton
Dr Whetton is the leader of the Climate Impact Group at CSIRO Atmospheric Research. He has been with CSIRO for eleven years and during that time his research has been primarily in the area of regional climate change assessment, climate change scenarios and impact assessment. This work has involved extensive analysis of the regional output of enhanced greenhouse GCM experiments, as well as much collaborative research with impact scientists. He is also a lead author of chapters on regional climate information and climate scenarios in the IPCC Third Assessment Report. Prior to joining CSIRO Dr Whetton undertook climate variability research with Monash University. Dr Whetton completed his Ph.D. with Melbourne University in 1987.

Tom Wigley
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Tom M.L. Wigley (B.Sc., Ph.D.), formerly Director of the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., currently holds a Senior Scientist position with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO. His research interests span diverse aspects of the broad field of climatology, including: carbon cycle modeling; projections of future climate and sea-level change; and interpretation of past climate change particularly with a view to separating anthropogenic influences from natural (including solar-induced) variability. Recently, he has concentrated on facets of the global warming problem, and has contributed on many occasions to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and assessments. He is a member of Academia Europaea, recipient of the Sixth Annual Climate Institute Award, winner of best paper awards, and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He has published over 200 papers in refereed publications and his work is cited more than 200 times per year.

Robert Wilby
King's College London
Robert Wilby is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at King's College London and a member of the British Hydrological Society. His primary research interests are regional climate change scenario development using statistical downscaling, with particular emphasis on hydrological modeling and management of freshwater environments. He received a Bachelors degree and Ph.D. from the Department of Geography, Loughborough University, UK, in 1991. After graduating, he worked for Severn Trent Water Ltd (1990/91) as an Assistant Quality Information Officer; the National Rivers Authority (1992/93) as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow investigating potential climate change impacts on UK rivers; the University of Derby, UK (1993-1997) as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography; the National Center for Atmospheric Research (1997-1999) as a Program Manager and Project Scientist for ACACIA (A Consortium for the Application of Climate Impact Assessments); and the University of Derby (2000/01), as a Reader in Environmental Management. He is currently an Editorial Advisor to the journal Climate Research.

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Francis Zwiers
Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Environment Canada
Dr. Zwiers has a PhD (1980) in statistical science from Dalhousie University. He has worked for Environment Canada as a Research Scientist for 16 years and is presently the Chief of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis. His research interests include climate variability and extremes, climate predictability, climate change detection, ensemble simulations and statistical climatology. He has connections in both the climatological and statistical science communities. He has served on the NSERC Statistical Sciences grant selection committee, as Chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Probability and Statistics, and as Chair of the Steering Committee for the International Meetings on Statistical Climatology. He is also a lead author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report chapter on climate change detection and attribution, an editor of the Journal of Climate, a member of the World Climate Research Program CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group, and a member of the College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs. In addition, Dr. Zwiers is presently the Acting Chief of the Climate Monitoring and Data Research Division of the Meteorological Service of Canada.

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