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The VIEWS Team

Direction and Sponsorship

Tom Moore

Tom Moore (WGA/WRAP)

Tom coordinates activities and operations for the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP), a state/tribal/local air agency/federal land manager/EPA membership organization providing regional air quality technical and planning analysis and support for addressing the ongoing implementation requirements of the Regional Haze rule as well as Ozone, Particulate Matter, Nitrogen Deposition and Critical Loads, Mercury, and related air quality issues. The WRAP is the air quality project of the Western Governors' Association (WGA). Tom has lead numerous air pollution studies and analysis projects, held management positions in state and local government and has worked as an environmental consultant. Before joining WGA he managed air quality monitoring and analysis activities for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, where he assisted in the development and led the implementation of health and visibility monitoring networks throughout the state. Tom also worked for WESTAR, the association of state air quality agencies for 15 western states, as well as serving on national advisory groups for air quality health standards and regional haze. He has a B.S. in Physical Geography (1989) from Arizona State University in Tempe, with an emphasis on meteorological and glacier field studies and climate data analysis projects. Mr. Moore directed the effort to leverage the existing infrastructure of VIEWS to facilitate the design and implementation of the WRAP TSS, and continues to provide the primary administrative leadership for the VIEWS and TSS projects.

Architecture and Development

Shawn McClure

Shawn McClure, Lead Developer (CIRA)

Shawn has worked as a software engineer since 1989. He has a B.S. in both computer science and mathematics and has been developing large-scale data management systems since 1992. He currently works to develop and maintain the integrated VIEWS database system to import, verify, and manage large volumes of air quality data from ground-based monitors, air quality models, emissions inventories, and satellites. He has also developed a suite of online software tools for visualizing, analyzing, and disseminating the data on the web via the VIEWS and TSS websites. He works closely with leading scientists and researchers to develop standards and best practices for managing air quality data/metadata and for presenting this data online to serve a wide variety of end user needs.
Dr. John Huddleston

Dr. John Huddleston, Senior Developer (CIRA)

John has worked as a software engineer to develop relational database management systems for natural resource data, statistical and probabilistic analysis systems, web-based data access systems, and surface and groundwater engineering systems since 1977. Dr. Huddleston is currently working to develop web-based interfaces for visualizing NASA satellite data on the VIEWS website and to create a spatial database management system for storing specialized subsets of the satellite data. He has an extensive background in configuration management and has been working to refine and extend the source code control and management systems for VIEWS. He also has broad experience in system administration, and has been helping to refine the hardware, software, and procedural configuration of VIEWS/TSS.

Scientific Support

Dr. Duli Chand

Dr. Duli Chand, Research Scientist (CIRA)

Duli is a scientist from the University of Washington in Seattle who holds a PhD in Atmospheric Trace Gases from the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad, India, and did his postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. Dr. Chand is currently working to analyze data from NASA satellites Terra, Aqua, Aura, and CALIPSO in order to obtain greater insights into how the long range transport of fine aerosol particles and trace gases impacts air quality and visibility in the U.S. He is also helping to design online tools and products that will enable meaningful assessments of air quality by comparing data from ground-based monitors, air quality and meteorological models, emissions inventories, and NASA satellites for the Rocky Mountain Atmospheric Nitrogen and Sulfur Study (RoMANS).
Dr. Bret Schichtel

Dr. Bret Schichtel (NPS)

Bret is a physical scientist for the National Park Service’s Air Resources Division who works at CIRA. He has a M.S. and a Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and has been closely involved with the planning, oversight, and direction of VIEWS since its inception in 2002. Since the retirement of Dr. Bill Malm in December 2009, Dr. Schichtel has assumed the leadership of the NPS Air Quality Research Group at CIRA but continues to play an important advisory role on the VIEWS team in conjunction with his responsibilities to the NPS. In particular, he provides a unique perspective as a “representative end user” of VIEWS and as a scientist with of one of the four Federal Land Management agencies.

Administration and Support

Helene Bennett

Helene Bennett (CIRA)

Helene brings over thirty years of experience with multiple government agencies, both domestically and internationally, to the VIEWS project. She holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, and contributes a wealth of assistance in regard to contract administration, purchasing, travel arrangements, budgeting, planning, and overall day-to-day office management. While officially the administrative assistant to the National Park Service group at CIRA, Helene graciously assists many related, non-NPS projects such as VIEWS in a similar role. It is by virtue of her ongoing and invaluable assistance that the administration of the VIEWS project has gone so smoothly over the years.

Previous Team Members and Honorable Mention

Rodger Ames

Rodger Ames (CIRA)

Rodger worked as a research scientist and as a software developer on the VIEWS team between 2002 and 2007, bringing a unique synergy of expertise and experience to the design, implementation, and planning of VIEWS during its first several years of development. He received his Masters in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 1996. Rodger contributed significantly to the development of many of the original tools on VIEWS as well as to many of the tools and resources on the WRAP TSS, and was responsible for much of the work involved with managing and visualizing the IMPROVE Regional Haze Rule data on VIEWS. In 2007, Rodger took a position as the Knowledge Transfer Manager for the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP) in CSU’s Atmospheric Sciences Department.
Dr. Doug Fox

Dr. Doug Fox (CIRA)

Doug was a senior scientist with CIRA from 1996 to 2007, conducting research on interactions between air pollution, visibility, and forest and agricultural burning. He received his Masters in 1965 and his Ph.D. in 1968, both from Princeton University. He served as an adjunct professor of environmental sciences at the University of Colorado, Denver, and was the founding director of the TERRA Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency research center assessing regional effects of climate change for the US Global Change Research Program. During his time at CIRA, Dr. Fox provided invaluable leadership to the VIEWS project and was especially instrumental in managing the contracts and relationships between VIEWS and its partners. Dr. Fox retired in 2007 and now divides his time between Fort Collins and The Isle of Man.
Dr. Bill Malm

Dr. Bill Malm (NPS)

Bill is a research scientist/scholar at CIRA and a recently retired research physicist in the National Park Service Air Resources Division where he was program coordinator for the visibility/particulate research and monitoring program. He received his B.S. degree in physics and a minor in mathematics from Mankato State University in 1965 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of North Dakota (1968) and the University of Missouri (1972), respectively. In 2009 he received the George Wright Society 2008 Director’s Award for Natural Resources, the EPA Thomas W. Zosel 2008 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, and the Air & Waste Management Association’s Frank A. Chambers Excellence in Air Pollution Control Award for his research contributions in the areas of visibility and air quality. Dr. Malm has provided invaluable guidance to the VIEWS project since its inception.
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