Dr. Georg Grell - NOAA

Georg is a meteorologist at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) where he leads the development of the online WRF-chemistry model (WRF/Chem). Dr. Grell collaborates with scientists from many other NOAA laboratories, as well as other national and international institutes and universities on further development of WRF/Chem. Dr. Grell is currently developing a new approach to parameterization of convection using ensemble and data assimilation techniques.

Dr. Haraldur Ólafsson – Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen

Haraldur is a professor in meteorology at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is a renowned expert on the effects of complex terrain on the atmospheric flow. Haraldur has sat on numerous steering committees for large international research projects as well as being the primary investigator in many international field experiments.

Mr. John Michalakes – NOAA

John is a Senior Analyst at the NOAA Environmental Modeling Centre where he works on model optimization and softaware engineering. John has many years experience in research in software tools and parallel algorithms for efficiently implementing atmospheric models on parallel computers. Previous roles include lead software architect for the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF), and windenergy modeling at NREL.

Dr. Jian-Wen Bao - NOAA

Jian-Wen is a research meteorologist at NOAA's with extensive experience in numerical weather modeling. His research topics include numerical modeling of air-sea interaction, tropical cyclones, air pollution, data assimilation and ensemble prediction system.