Steering Committee

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Taneil Uttal, Chair

Taneil Uttal is a research meteorologist specializing in observations of the atmosphere and is interested in the idea of "system science" where the entire Arctic is studied as a whole. She is the lead of the Polar Processes and Observations group that is a subdivision of the NOAA/Earth Systems Research Laboratory/Physical Sciences Division. She is committed to developing high quality network-based observations that can be used to monitor climate and environmental changes, understand processes of the Arctic system, and support/validate/test model efforts to understand and predict weather and climate.

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Sandy Starkweather, Implementation Scientist

Sandy Starkweather has been the implementation scientist for IASOA since 2011, developing strategic direction with the steering committee and creating the tools and teams to move that direciton forward.  Sandy has a joint background in engineering (renewable energy systems) and earth science (Arctic climatology). She has worked in a consulting engineering capacity, university research, project management and planning. Sandy spent twelve years traveling to/from Greenland to either participate in or support Arctic field research.  Sandy has a strong interest in improving the effectiveness of the Arctic research enterprise, particularly in situ observational research, through building stronger collaborations among all parties who benefit from sustained Arctic observing, from researchers through information and service end-users. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Science and Technology Policy Research to better understand and evaluate the policy and institutional dimensions of improved research integration.


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John Burkhart, Pan-Arctic

John Burkhart is a hydrologist, with naturally interdisciplinary interests; the bulk of his research has been toward improving our understanding of atmospheric transport of pollutants into the Arctic and their subsequent impact. His research examines the connections between the global hydrologic cycle and nutrient/pollutant/aerosol transport. Through the application of measurements and modeling, using both ice core data from Greenland, measurement data from various Arctic observatories, and the atmospheric transport model FLEXPART, his research focus is on unraveling measured variability and attributing it to physical components in the Earth System. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo in the Department of Geosciences and Adjunct Researcher with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute of the University of California, Merced.


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Lauren Candlish, APECS

Lauren Candlish is a research associate at the Centre for Earth Observation Science in the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on the Arctic boundary layer and the interactions with the marine crysophere. Lauren conducts most of her research on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) the Amundsen. One of her current projects involves deploying small meteorological towers onto thick first year ice or multiyear sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. The in-situ data will be compared to different forecasted winds and re-analysis datasets to evaluate the ability to correctly forecast or model winds in the high Arctic.


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Gijs de Boer, Oliktok

Dr. Gijs de Boer is a research scientist at the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).  His research interests include understanding and observing processes linked to the lower Arctic troposphere, its interactions with ocean, land and ice surfaces, and its relevance to prediction of weather and climate.  To obtain the necessary observations for understanding these processes, he is actively pursuing the use of unmanned aircraft in high latitudes atmospheric research.  Dr. de Boer leads the site science team for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) programs facility at Oliktok Point, Alaska.


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James Drummond, Eureka / CANDAC

Prof. James R. Drummond, M.A., D.Phil. FRSC holds a Canada Research Chair in Remote Sounding of Atmospheres in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University where his research involves issues of the ozone layer, global air pollution and climate change. He has been involved in designing and flying space, balloon and surface instrumentation for over 40 years. He is the Principal Investigator for the Measurements Of Pollution in The Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument on the Terra satellite and the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut. He is currently the president of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO) and the Chair of the Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO). He is the author or co-author of over 150 scientific papers.


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Pierre Fogal, Eureka / CANDAC

Pierre Fogal is the CANDAC/PEARL site manager responsible for over-seeing day-to-day operations on site and the organization of visits, campaigns, etc. to the PEARL site. His research interests include infra-red spectroscopic measurements of atmospheric composition. Techniques used include both "transmission" where the infra-red energy transmitted through the atmosphere is measured , as well as "emission" where the energy is actually emitted by the atmosphere itself. These measurements are usually carried out by using a Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectrometer. Non CANDAC/PEARL areas of research include similar measurements from other locations and from stratospheric balloon platforms. He has an interest in related spectroscopic measurement techniques including long-path FTIR.

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Øystein Godøy, Ny-Alesund / SIOS

Øystein Godøy is a climate and remote sensing (optical sensors) scientist with background in Oceanography and Meteorology that in recent years have been extensively involved in national and international environmental datamanagement. He headed data management within the EU 6FP project Damocles and EU FP7 project ACCESS, participated in drafting the technical specifications of WMO Information System through the VGISC project, and was involved in data management nationally and internationally during the International Polar Year (IPY). Currently he is involved in the development of the Norwegian Marine Data Centre (NMDC), the Norwegian Satellite Earth Observation Database for Marine and Polar Research (NORMAP), Svalbard Integrated Arctic Observing System (SIOS), WMO Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW). He seats the combined SAON/IASC data committee.

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Alexander Makshtas, Tiksi

Dr. Alexander P. Makshtas is a leading scientist of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Russia. His main scientific interests are the development of a technique and experimental study of turbulent, radiation energy, and CO2 exchanges between sea ice and atmosphere in the Polar Regions, as well as development of the climatic thermodynamic and dynamic-thermodynamic numerical models of sea ice cover in the Arctic Basin for investigations of sea ice long-term variability. He took part in field experiments on the drifting stations  North Pole 22  (1974),  North Pole 23  (1977-1978),  Weddell-1  in 1992 year, SHEBA (1998), Barrow (2001, 2002), and in 15 ship expeditions in the Greenland, Barents, East-Siberian and Kara Seas.

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Henrik Skov, Villum / Station Nord

In 1988, Henrik Skov graduated as a chemist and physicist from Odense University (now the University of Southern Denmark), where he completed his PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry in 1992 and was subsequently appointed assistant professor. He completed the practical work involved in writing his Master’s thesis and PhD dissertation during a five-year study period at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy. In 1993, he was appointed senior scientist at Denmark’s National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), which became part of Aarhus University in 2007. He has published more than sixty articles in international journals. Professor Skov’s research is centred on chemical conversions in the atmosphere with a particular focus on Arctic and global questions, including climate change and pollution with ozone, particles, mercury and persistent organic pollutants.

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Brian Vasel, Barrow

Brian Vasel is the Director of Observatories for the NOAA/Earth Systems Research Laboratory (ESRL) Global Monitoring Division (GMD) network of Atmospheric Baseline Observatories. He manages 6 long-term research facilities from the Arctic to the Antarctic and is responsible for supporting the science mission, all facilities, staffing, safety, outreach, and cooperative research agreements. He manages all aspects of observatory operation, to include 33 buildings, 6 instrument towers, 8 vehicles, and 4 furnished housing units. He serves as the co-chair for GMD’s annual conference each May in Boulder, and is dedicated to bringing sustainable energy and innovation to the observatories. Brian has spent two winters at South Pole Station and deployed to the Antarctic 10 times and the Arctic over a dozen times.

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Timo Vihma, Pallas-Sodankyla

Timo Vihma is a Research Professor and Head of the Polar Meteorology and Climatology Group at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and Adjunct Professor at The University Centre in Svalbard. His fields of expertise include Arctic and Antarctic climate, boundary-layer meteorology, sea ice and snow, and numerical weather prediction. Prof. Vihma has authored/co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and supervised/instructed eight PhD theses. He represents Finland in the Atmospheric Working Group of IASC, is a member of the CliC Leadership Group, and Leader of the atmospheric component of the Arctic Freshwater Systems organized by CliC, AMAP, and IASC. He is also an International Member of the U.S. CLIVAR Working Group on Arctic Change and Possible Influence on Mid?latitude Climate and Weather.


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Von Walden, Summit

Dr. Von P. Walden is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a member of the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research at Washington State University. He received a B.S. in Physics from Utah State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Washington. Dr. Walden's research interests include polar meteorology and remote sensing of the polar atmosphere. He has also worked on understanding climate change in the western U.S. He has conducted eight field experiments in Antarctica and the Arctic, including the current ICECAPS experiment at Summit Station, Greenland as part of NSF’s Arctic Observing Network.  At Washington State University, Dr. Walden teaches courses in atmospheric radiative transfer, remote sensing, and fluid mechanics.