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Senior Policy Fellow and Director
Phone: (202) 737-9006, ext. 9817
William H. Hooke has been a senior policy fellow at the American Meteorological Society since June, 2000, and director of the Policy Program since July, 2001.
His current policy research interests include: natural disaster reduction; historical precedents as they illuminate present-day policy; and the nature and implications of changing national requirements for weather and climate science and services. He also directs AMS policy education programs, including the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium, and the AMS-UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship Program.
Biographical data: From 1967 to 2000, Dr. Hooke worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and antecedent agencies. After six years of research in fundamental geophysical fluid dynamics and its application to the ionosphere, the boundary layer, air quality, aviation, and wind engineering, he moved into a series of management positions of increasing scope and responsibility. From 1973 to 1980, he was Chief of the Wave Propagation Laboratory Atmospheric Studies Branch. From 1980 to 1983 he rotated through a series of management development assignments. From 1984 to 1987 he directed NOAA's Environmental Sciences Group (now the Forecast Systems Lab), responsible for much of the systems R&D for the NWS Modernization, as well as a range of other weather and climate research activities.
From 1987 to 1993 he served as the Deputy Chief Scientist and Acting Chief Scientist of NOAA, setting policy and direction for $300M/year of NOAA R&D in oceanography, atmospheric science, hydrology, climate, marine biology, and associated technologies.
Between 1993 and 2000, he held two national responsibilities: Director of the U.S. Weather Research Program Office, and Chair of the interagency Subcommittee for Natural Disaster Reduction of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
Dr. Hooke was an ad joint faculty member at the University of Colorado from 1969 to 1987, and served as a fellow of two NOAA Joint Institutes (CIRES, 1971-1977; CIRA 1987-2000). The author of over fifty refereed publications, and co-author of one book, Dr. Hooke holds a B.S. (Physics Honors) from Swarthmore College (1964), and S.M. (1966) and Ph.D. (1967) degrees from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the AMS and a member of the American Philosophical Society. Currently, he chairs the NAS/NRC Disasters Roundtable, and serves on the ICSU Planning Group on Natural and Human-Induced Environmental Hazards and Disasters.
Progress and challenges in reducing losses from natural disasters (1999), pp. 280-283, Natural Disaster Management, 320 pp, Tudor Rose Press.
U.S. participation in International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (2000), pp. 2-9, Natural Hazards Rev., 1, February 2000, Amer. Soc Civil Eng.
Short-term weather prediction: an orchestra in need of a conductor (2000), pp.61-83, Prediction: Science, Decision-Making, and the Future of Nature, Daniel Sarewitz, Roger A. Pielke, Jr., and Radford Byerly, Jr., Ed., Island Press, Washington D.C.
Millennium perspectives (2000), Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 81, p. 1348.
AMS/UCAR Outreach to the Bush Administration and the 107th Congress (2001), R. Anthes, J. Fellows, W. Hooke, and R. McPherson, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 82, pp.987-994.
Cleveland Abbe and the Birth of the National Weather Service, 1870-1891, by E. P. Willis and W. H. Hooke, History of Meteorology 1.1 (2004), pp 47-52.
Acts of God, acts of nature, acts of man, Swarthmore College Alumni Bulletin, June 2001
Lessons from PPP2000: Living with Earth’s Extremes; report from the PPP2000 Working Group to the Office of Science and Technology Policy Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction, Timothy A. Cohn, Kathleen K. Gohn, and William H. Hooke, Ed., Institute for Business and Home Safety, 119 pp, 2001
Climate Science, Technology and Politics: A Tangled Web, Robert M. White and William Hooke, in Technology in Society 26 pp 375-384 (2004).
Public Health Risks of Disasters, William H. Hooke and Paul G. Rogers, Editors, the National Academies Press, 71 pp. (2004)
Avoiding a Catastrophe of Human Error, Washington Post, January 5, 2005; page A17.
The Outlook for U.S. Meteorological Research in a Commercializing World: Fair Early, but Clouds Moving In?, Rebecca E. Morss and William H. Hooke, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 86, pp 921-936 (2005)
Cleveland Abbe and American Meteorology, 1871-1901, Edmund P. Willis and William H. Hooke, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. Press, 87, pp. 315-326 (2006).