Executive Committee 2014-2016

Executive Committee 2014-2016

Ramesh SinghRamesh Singh (President)
Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chapman University, Orange, California since 2009. Before joining Chapman University, he was at the George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia during 2003-2005 and 2007-2009. He was Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in India during 1986-2007.Ramesh Singh did MSc and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Banaras Hindu University and was a Post-Doctoral and AOSTRA Fellow in the Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada during 1981-1986. His current research interests include remote sensing applications to all type of Natural Hazards associated with land, ocean and atmosphere. He was Vice Chair of IUGG GeoRisk Commission. He has published more than 200 research papers, presently he is Chief Editor of Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Remote Sensing and Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Remote Sensing, 1999-2006.
Seth Stein (President-elect)
AGU member since 1976. Deering Professor of Geological Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.Volunteer experience includes AGU duties serving as JGR editor, Seismology program chair for the Fall Meeting, Seismology and Geodesy section committees for recommending AGU Fellows, and chairing the Bucher Medal and Excellence in Geophysical Education Award committees. I have served on medal committees for the EGU and GSA, panels for NSF, NASA, the European Science Foundation, German Science Foundation, and European Research Council, and on advisory committees for departments in the U.S. and abroad.

Much of my research explores how earthquakes result from tectonic processes at the boundaries of plates and within them, and how limitations in our understanding of these processes affect our ability to forecast earthquake hazards. Because similar challenges arise for other natural hazards, I am interested in general questions of estimating uncertainties in hazard forecasts, assessing how well they work, and developing mitigation strategies that that make societal and economic sense, given limited resources and limited knowledge about what the earth will do.

Daniel Wright (Secretary)
Before joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, Dr. Wright was a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  He grew up in and around Ann Arbor and holds bachelors and masters degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan with a focus in hydrology and hydraulics.  Daniel served a Regional Sanitation Engineer with the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 2006-2008 and worked as a consulting hydropower engineer in Chile from 2008-2009 before earning his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources from Princeton University, where he studied urban rainfall and flood hydrometeorology from 2009 to 2013.  He worked as a disaster risk management consultant at the World Bank from 2013-2014, focusing on flood and landslide risk management in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has been a member of AGU since 2010.
Upmanu Lall (Immediate Past President)
Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering; Director, Columbia Water Center; Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate & Society, Columbia University.PhD in Civil & Environmental Eng., University of Texas at Austin, 1981.
Main interests: Climate Dynamics and Floods/Droughts. Nonstationary and Nonlinear Dynamics; Innovations in Dynamic Risk Management.
Amir AghaKouchak (Immediate Past Secretary)
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His research crosses the boundaries between hydrology, climatology, remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues.

AIZsAlik Ismail-Zadeh
Senior Research Fellow, Geophysikalisches Institut, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany;
Chief Scientist / Research Professor, International Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia;
Professor, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France;
Secretary-General, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG);
Immediate Past President, IUGG Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability (GeoRisk Commission);
Board of Directors, International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE);
Editor, Computational Seismology and Geodynamics (AGU book publications).PhD in Physics and Mathematics (1990) and D.Sc. in Geophysics (1997), both Russian Academy of Sciences.
Main interests: Computational seismology and geodynamics, seismic hazard, modeling of extreme seismic events, geophysical risks.
Ning LinNing Lin
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University.PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2010.
Main interests: Tropical Cyclone Hazards and Risk, Wind Engineering, Coastal Engineering
Tony Song
Tony Song
Research Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
Specialized in ocean dynamics and tsunami early detection system using GPS technology
Associate editor for Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
2014 AGU Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (JGR-Oceans)
2011 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for pioneering work in tsunami research, resulting in new insight into tsunami genesis and in advance a new approach to tsunami mitigation
2010 The year in science by Discover Magazine #84 Yardstick for Killer Waves
2008 Ed Stone Award for outstanding research on Detecting tsunami genesis and scales directly from coastal GPS stations
Yang Hong
Yang Hong
Dr. Yang Hong is a professor of hydrometeorology and remote sensing in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences and Adjunct Professor with the School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma. Previously, he was a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Post-doc researcher at University of California, Irvine.Dr. Hong currently directs the HyDROS Lab (http://hydro.ou.edu) at National Weather Center and also serves as the co-director of WaTER (Water Technology for Emerging Regions) center, faculty member with the Advanced Radar Research Center, and affiliated member of Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms at the University of Oklahoma.Dr. Hong’s areas of research span the wide range of hydrology-meteorology-climatology, with particular interest in bridging the gap among the water-weather-climate-human systems across scales in space and time. He has developed and taught class topics such as remote sensing retrieval and applications, advanced hydrologic modeling, climate change and natural hazards (hydrometeorologic Hazards and Geotechnical Hazards), engineering survey/measurement and statistics, land surface modeling and data assimilation systems for hydrological cycle and water systems under a changing climate.Dr. Hong has served on several international and national committees, review panels, and editorial board of several journals. He has served as Chair of the AGU-Hydrology Section Technique Committee on Precipitation (2008-2012) and as editors for numerous journals. He is the recipient of several awards, such as Regents Award for Superior Research and the NASA Award “For significant achievements in systematically promoting and accelerating the use of NASA scientific research results for societal benefits”, and recipient of university Regents Award for “Superior Research and Creative Activities”. He has extensively published in journals of remote sensing, hydrology, meteorology, and hazards and has released several technologies to universities, governmental agencies, and private companies.Dr. Hong received a PhD Major in Hydrology and Water Resources and Ph.D. Minor in Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis from the University of Arizona (2003) and an M.S. (1999) in Environmental Sciences and a B.S. (1996) in Geosciences from the Peking (Beijing) University, China.
Jenny Suckale
Jenny Suckale
Jenny Suckale is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Stanford’s Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. She received her PhD in Geophysics from MIT and holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to joining graduate school, Dr. Suckale worked as a scientific consultant for different international organizations aiming to reduce the impact of natural and environmental disasters in vulnerable communities.The goal of her research is to advance our basic understanding and predictive capabilities of complex multi-phase flow problems in Earth science. She pursues this goal by developing original computational methods customized for a wide range of geophysical systems including volcanic interiors and ice sheets. The practical motivation behind Dr. Suckale’s work is to lessen the impact of natural and environmental disasters through rigorous numerical analysis. She is also involved in several interdisciplinary initiatives that tackle the challenges of disaster resilience around the world.
Roger Pulwarty
Roger Pulwarty
Dr. Roger S. Pulwarty is the Senior Science Advisor for Climate, and the Director of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) at the NOAA Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Roger’s publications focus on climate and risk management in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout his career he has helped develop and lead widely-recognized programs dealing with climate science and services, including the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments, NIDIS and the Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change project in the Caribbean. Roger is a lead author on the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Reports on Water Resources and on Extremes, and a convening lead author on the IPCC Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Roger has served on advisory committees of the National Academy of Sciences, provided testimonies before the U.S. Congress, and acts as an advisor on climate risk management and services to the Western Governors Association, the Caribbean Economic Community, the Organization of American States, the UNDP, the UNEP and the InterAmerican and World Banks, among others. He chairs the WMO Commission on Climatology Climate Services Information System. Roger’s work has been featured in several media communications, including the New York Times and the BBC. Roger lectures at the University of Colorado and the University of the West Indies. He is a co-recipient of NOAA awards, Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals for integrating scientific research into decision-making, and the Gold Medal for Excellence in Applied Science and Technology from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
David Green
David Green
David Green is the Program Manager for Disaster response and risk reduction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters – Science Mission Directorate’s Applied Science Program. Dr. Green has been engaged in research and application of hazards and disaster science for over 25 years Dr. Green graduated from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and earned a Masters of International Science & Technology Management from the University of Maryland. He was on the Research Faculty of Stanford University and the University of Maryland, and conducted environmental sensor-based research with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In his current position, Dr. Green enables decision support and risk management science relevant to a range of natural hazards including volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods as well as man-made hazards such as oil spills. He creates and leverages partnerships among government, academic and industry researchers, both domestically and internationally, and with actors from disaster response, risk management, and capacity-building communities. Dr. Green manages issue-based research that exploits the capacities of NASA’s satellite and airborne assets, integrates related earth observation, and develops model and map-based information and data products. He had previously been with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS) from 2003-2014. At NOAA/NWS he led integrated science and disaster programs, managed the transition and infusion of science results to operations, and established the tsunami early warning and mitigation system, supported the hurricane storm surge, air quality, health, and ecological hazards programs and contributed to water resource management activities. Dr. Green has served on many national and international committees and working groups related to natural disasters including those through the White House Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction, the Disaster Working Group of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, the Group on Earth Observations, and the World Meteorological Organization, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Rick Murnane
Director, Developer Relations, Risk Management Solutions, Newark, CA.PhD in Geological and Geophysical Sciences, Princeton University, 1988.
Main interests: climate and tropical cyclone variability, catastrophe risk modeling, risk communication.

AGU Focus Groups Fellows Committee

The Fellows committee was reconstituted as a single committee for all the focus groups within AGU.  Ramesh Singh (rsingh@chapman.edu) is the representative of the Natural Hazards Focus Group.  Please contact Ramesh if you have questions regarding this committee.


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