Peter H. Hildebrand
Peter Hildebrand is an atmospheric scientist and director of the Earth Sciences Directorate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, one of the largest earth sciences research laboratories in the world. Hildebrand leads an earth science program that provides unique space-based measurements of our changing planet, and data analysis and delivery of the data to meet national needs for understanding Earth’s climate. The Earth Sciences Directorate’s activities cover natural and human-induced impacts on our planet, from the decreasing glaciers and ice sheets, to changes in land use and ecosystems, to measurements of atmospheric greenhouse gasses. Data from space instruments are assimilated in weather and climate computer models that evaluate climate forcing and forecast future Earth climates. These analyses evaluate the effects that humans are having on climate, globally, regionally, and locally.
Hildebrand received his education at the University of Chicago. His career has included service in the U.S. Navy Weather Service, weather research at the University of Illinois, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and now with NASA. At NCAR, Hildebrand led development of Doppler radar capabilities that have significantly extended capabilities for research and operational observation of the atmosphere. He is the recipient of awards for the development of NCAR's advanced capability Eldora Airborne Weather Radar, and for leadership at NASA. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a senior member of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers. Hildebrand is a regular speaker on climate change at institutions in the Washington D.C. area.