John Bates

AGU member since 1986. Principal scientist, Satellites and Remote Sensing, National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Asheville, N. C.

Volunteer experience includes chairman, AGU Meetings Committee, and member, AGU Council, 2010–2012; chairman, AGU Joint Assembly Program Committee, and member, AGU Meetings Committee, 2007–2009; and secretary, AGU Atmospheric Sciences section (Program Committee Fall Meeting, 2006, and Joint Assembly, 2007), 2006–2007.

All Board Director candidates were asked this question:

As members who have played key roles in the transformation of AGU, what excites you most about what’s been accomplished?  What area(s) of advancing AGU’s strategic plan do you think AGU should focus on in the next 2–3 years and why?  What role do you see the Board playing in that regard?

What excites me most about the transformation of AGU in the past few years has been the reinvigoration of the leadership role of the members. Members, of course, are the key to the success of any volunteer organization, and AGU members’ volunteer contributions have always been great. In order to lead the charge of AGU into the 21st century, countless members gave their time and talents to draft, implement, and execute a new strategic plan. Over the past few years the AGU that was envisioned has moved quickly from dream to reality.

Over the next 2–3 years the AGU Board of Directors must continue to transform this inspiration into innovation. The dream called for transforming AGU’s scientific publishing, and a proposal to accomplish this is under review by the Council and will be shared with the membership for input soon. We must move forward with transforming our publications so that AGU remains the leader in ­high-​­quality science that is even more open and accessible. Advances in the Earth sciences have the potential to better inform the public and policy makers from earthquakes to monitoring hydraulic fracturing, and AGU should expand the opportunities to connect our members and those who need their services to make better informed decisions. Finally, AGU must play a key role in nurturing the next generation of Earth scientists and ensure we actively ensure women and minorities are more fully welcomed and represented.

Brief CV

Major research interests include satellite observations of the global water and energy cycle, air-sea interactions and climate variability.  B.S., meteorology, 1976, Florida State University, M.S., meteorology, 1982, and Ph.D. meteorology 1986, University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1986-1987), Meteorologist NOAA Boulder Climate Diagnostics Center (1988-1999), Meteorologist NOAA Boulder Environmental Technology Laboratory (1999-2002), Supervisory Meteorologist NOAA National Climatic Data Center (2002-2012).  Member National Research Council Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Panel, 1993‑1997, Member, World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Radiation Panel, 2001-2007, 1998 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Geophysical Research Letters – “for thorough and efficient reviews of manuscripts on topics related to the measurement and climate implications of atmospheric water vapor”, NOAA Administrator’s Award 2004 for “outstanding administration and leadership in developing a new division to meet the challenges to NOAA in the area of climate applications related to remotely sensed data”, Graduate Leadership in a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Office of Personnel Management, 2006, Outstanding Heroic Act Award 2009, Excellence in Public Service, Buncombe County NC.  Author of over 45 publications, 16 in AGU journals.  Most highly cited papers are in observational studies of long term variability and trends in atmospheric water vapor and clouds.