Rao Kotamarthi is a Chief Scientist of the Environmental Science Division and Department Head for the Atmospheric Science
and Climate research group at the Argonne National Laboratory. He applies numerical models to the assessment of climate change
impacts and uses high performance computing and physics-based models for projecting changes at regional and local scales.
His other research interests include the role of absorbing aerosols on radiative forcing and developing models for resource
characterization of wind energy. Katharine Hayhoe is a Professor in the Public Administration program at Texas Tech University,
where she is also Director of the Climate Center. Her research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate
projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. She has served
as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences, including
the Second, Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments and has been named the UN Champion of the Environment. Linda
O. Mearns is Director of the Regional Climate Uncertainty Program and Head of the Regional Integrated Sciences Collective
at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She has authored chapters in many of the IPCC Assessment Reports,
including the 2007 report that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Donald Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois. He is an expert in
numerical modeling of atmospheric physics and chemistry, and has received the AMS Cleveland Abbe Award, the U.S. EPA Stratospheric
Ozone Protection Award, and the AGU Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. Jennifer Jacobs is
a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. She has over 25 years
of experience using novel weather and climate information to enhance infrastructure design. She directs the National Science
Foundation funded Infrastructure and Climate Networks (ICNet and ICNet Global); and was the Lead Author for the Transportation
Sector Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment. Jennifer Jurado is Broward County's Chief Resilience Officer and Director
of the Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division. In 2013 she was recognized by the White House as a Champion
of Change for her work on climate resilience. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Adaptation
Professionals and the American Geophysical Union's Thriving Earth Exchange.