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Walter F. Dabberdt
2008 President
American Meteorological Society

Walter F. Dabberdt received his B.S. from the State University of New York Maritime College and his M.S. and Ph.D. (meteorology) from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He spent 15 years at Stanford Research Institute as senior research meteorologist and 15 years at NCAR as scientist, facility manager, and NCAR associate director. For the past six years, he has been director of strategic research for the Vaisala Group. He received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Research Council and a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He created an environmental studies program in air quality at California’s Foothill College. Dabberdt’s professional interests and experience include observing systems, mesoscale and boundary-layer meteorology, air quality, and urban meteorology. He has served on and chaired numerous AMS committees and boards, currently chairing the Board on the Urban Environment. He was a contributing editor for the AMS Glossary of Meteorology, received the 1997 AMS Editor’s Award for the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, and was observing systems editor for the Bulletin. He currently serves on several national and international committees, including The National Academies’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, the NRC Decadal Study of Earth Science and Applications from Space, the THORPEX Observing Systems Working Group (cochair), and the Emerging Technologies Panel of the NSF Facilities Assessment Study. Dabberdt is a Fellow of the AMS and the Royal Meteorological Society.




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