Satellite meteorology, atmospheric radiation, climate studies
Current Research Projects:
Professor Vonder Haar is the Principal Investigator on a multi-million dollar contract in support of the Department of Defense Geosciences research as well as other grants from organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the United States Air Force, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Contributions to the Scientific, Educational, and Outreach Mission of CIRA:
Professor Vonder Haar has over 40 years of research and teaching experience in the field of Satellite Meteorology. He has co-authored the first textbook in this area: Satellite Meteorology – An Introduction, Academic Press, 1995. In addition to the textbook, he has authored/coauthored over 550 publications and presentations in his field. Currently, he is University Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Chairperson of the CSU UDP group comprising 1% of the faculty. He is a charter member of the CloudSat Mission Science Team and active on several National Academy Advisory Committees. In his years at Colorado State University, he has served as the M.S. advisor for 83 students and Ph.D. advisor for 29 students, most of whom are now professionals in Satellite Meteorology and related areas of Atmospheric Science. Among other national and international honors and awards, he was elected in 2003 to the National Academy of Engineering.