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Dr. Thomas P. Ackerman is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington. He served as the Chief Scientist for the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program from 1999 to 2007 and prior to that was a Professor of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include atmospheric radiative transfer, the effect of aerosol and clouds on Earth radiation budget, remote sensing of aerosol and cloud properties both from ground and satellite, and the use of multi-sensor data to evaluate clouds and radiation in climate models.
Dr. Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy and environmental ethics. His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics.