Fellow of the AMS,
is Director of the
AMS Policy Program
and senior policy fellow at the
American Meteorological Society in
Dr. Hooke is the author of the AMS blog,
Living on the Real World.
His policy research interests include: natural disaster reduction; historical precedents
as they illuminate present-day policy; and the nature and implications of changing national
requirements for weather and climate science and services.
He also directs AMS policy education programs, including the AMS Summer Policy
Colloquium, and the AMS-UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship Program.
From 1967 to 2000, Dr. Hooke worked for the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
and its antecedent agencies.
After six years of research in fundamental geophysical fluid dynamics and its
application to the ionosphere, the boundary layer, air quality, aviation, and wind
engineering, he moved into a series of management positions of increasing
scope and responsibility.
From 1973 to 1980, he was Chief of the Wave Propagation Laboratory Atmospheric
From 1980 to 1983 he rotated through a series of management development
From 1984 to 1987 he directed NOAA's Environmental Sciences Group, which has
evolved and grown to become the Earth System Research Laboratory.
From 1987 to 1993 he served as the Deputy Chief Scientist and Acting Chief
Scientist of NOAA, setting policy and direction for $300M/year of NOAA research
and development in oceanography, atmospheric science, hydrology, climate, marine
biology, and their associated technologies.
Between 1993 and 2000, Dr. Hooke held two national responsibilities: Director of
the U.S. Weather Research Program Office, and Chair of the interagency Subcommittee
for Natural Disaster Reduction of the National Science and Technology Council Committee
on Environment and Natural Resources.
Dr. Hooke was an ad joint faculty member at the University of Colorado from 1969 to
1987, and served as a fellow of two NOAA Joint Institutes: CIRES from 1971 to 1977
and CIRA from 1987 to 2000.
He is the author of over fifty refereed publications, and co-author of one book.
Dr. Hooke has a B.S. degree in physics (honors) from Swarthmore College in 1964,
and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in 1966 and 1967 from the University of Chicago.
He is a Fellow of the AMS and a member of the American Philosophical Society.
He chairs the NAS/NRC Disasters Roundtable, and serves on the ICSU Planning
Group on Natural and Human-Induced Environmental Hazards and Disasters.