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Bob Livezey
Dr. Livezey retired from the National Weather Service (NWS) in 2008 as Chief of Climate Services Division within the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services after a 37-year career in the areas of climate variability, climate change, and climate prediction. In his last position he led the development and implementation of NOAA/NWS operational climate services at field offices nationwide. Since his retirement Dr. Livezey has been a self-employed consultant, working especially with natural gas companies to advocate the use of alternative normals in rate cases (8 in 6 states).

He is one of the top experts in the world on climate statistics and estimating and tracking weather/climate normals and post-war climate change over North America, as well as on short-term North American climate variations and their prediction. He has nearly 60 peer-refereed publications and book chapters which have been cited, a total of over 2000 (as of 2007), in refereed literature. Two of these papers are among the four most-cited research papers ever produced by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) and its predecessor Climate Analysis Center (CAC). Dr. Livezey holds a Commerce Department Gold Medal and three Bronze Medals as well as two NOAA Administrator’s Awards for his research and leadership. Dr. Livezey has been a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) since 1993, a recipient of an AMS Editor’s Award, served as a founding Editor of the Society’s prestigious Journal of Climate, twice chaired the AMS Committee on Probability and Statistics, and is currently a member of the AMS Publications Commission.

Dr. Livezey spent most of his career at CPC/CAC as Senior Scientist and Lead Seasonal Forecaster prior to assuming his last federal position in 1999. He has also briefly held faculty positions (Penn State and Missouri), modeled hurricanes for NWS, and served as Chief of the Experimental Climate Forecast Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He holds BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University.

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