About the Contributors
This open access textbook was made possible through the collaboration of faculty, students, and staff at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa working together in the spirit of Aloha.
Prof. Alison D. Nugent
Alison Nugent is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her PhD in 2014 from Yale University and holds a BSc in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard College. Her research focuses on mesoscale and microscale meteorology, especially mountain meteorology and cloud microphysics.
Dr. Nugent acted as the primary editor for the textbook including content, text, and visuals, overseeing the textbook development. She currently teaches a number of undergraduate courses in atmospheric science. She is dedicated to developing readily available and accessible education materials and curricula to ensure that her students can relate and easily learn from the content.
David DeCou is one of the co-authors of the first draft of the textbook. He wrote the first draft of most of the odd chapters. David Decou holds a BS in Meteorology from Valparaiso University and an MS from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, class of 2018.
Shintaro Russell is another co-author of the first draft of the textbook. He wrote the first draft of most of the even chapters. Shintaro Russell graduated with a BS in Atmospheric Sciences in 2017 from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Prof. Christina Karamperidou
Christina Karamperidou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her PhD in 2012 from Columbia University and holds a BS and MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her research interests include dynamics and predictability of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation phenomenon, paleoclimate studies, interactions between tropical and extratropical climate variability, and hydro-climate modeling.
Dr. Karamperidou teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in climate modeling and climate data applications. She is passionate about training a future generation of scientists who will aim to decipher the complexity of the climate system while answering the increasing need for incorporating climate information into policy and resource management.
Prof. Jennifer D. Small Griswold
Jennifer Small Griswold is an Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her PhD in 2009 from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Earth and Planetary Sciences and holds BS degrees in Meteorology and Environmental Science (physics focus) from Rutgers University. Her research interests include cloud microphysics, aerosol-cloud-precipitation-climate interactions, aviation meteorology, drought, and satellite meteorology.
Dr. Griswold had the initial idea for the OER textbook and applied for the Outreach College grant that made the project possible. She teaches undergraduate non-major survey courses covering a variety of weather and climate topics and graduate level specialty courses in satellite meteorology and data analysis. One of her main goals is to improve the diversity of the atmospheric sciences community by encouraging underrepresented groups (e.g., Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders) and women to pursue careers in atmospheric science.
Britt Seifert created figures, checked copyright content, and migrated content into Pressbooks. She is a current undergraduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
The text was copyedited by May Izumi, a publications editor for the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Billy Meinke-Lau works for the Outreach College at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, supporting faculty to develop Open Educational Resources (OER). He previously worked with the Distance Course Design and Consulting (DCDC) Group in the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and for Creative Commons.
None of this would have been possible without the help and guidance of Billy Meinke who served as project manager. His passion for Open Educational Resources is obvious, and guides his work and actions. Thank you Billy, your energy and devotion to OER is inspiring.