University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
WRC 2017
Water Research Conference
The Intersection of Science and Economic Opportunity

Hyland Hall
September 29, 2017


Plenary Session Presenters

Peter Webster Chief Scientist and Founder
Climate Forecast Applications Network


CFAN's co-founder Peter Webster brings a world-class research reputation along with prior experience with a successful start-up company (Aerosonde North America).  Peter Webster is Chief Scientist and co-Founder of Climate Forecast Applications Network (CFAN). His research on tropical meteorology and climate dynamics has been applied developing flood, heat wave, and tropical cyclone forecasts for the monsoon regions in South Asia. He has actively worked with developing countries and development banks to support tactical adaptation strategies using forecasted extreme weather events.


Webster received a Ph.D. in Meteorology from MIT.  He has held faculty positions at Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado, Penn State University and the University of Washington. From 1999-2005, Webster was CEO of Aerosonde North America, a company that manufactured small unmanned aerial vehicles. 


Webster's research has been recognized by the Jule Charney Award and the Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society, the Adrian Gill Award and Mason Gold Medal from the Royal Meteorological Society, the International Award from the American Geophysical Union, and the International Prize for Water. Webster recently served as President of the American Geophysical Union Atmospheric Sciences Section.

Judith Curry 

President and Founder

Climate Forecast Applications Network 


Following an influential career in academic research and administration, Curry founded CFAN to translate cutting-edge weather and climate research into forecast products that support the mitigation of weather and climate risk for public and private sector decision makers. 


Curry received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Chicago. She has held faculty positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, Penn State University, and Purdue University.  She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. 


Curry is actively engaged at the intersection of science and public policy. She has recently served on the NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee, the DOE Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Council and the National Academies Climate Research Committee and the Space Studies Board. As an international thought leader on matters related to weather and climate, she is frequently called upon to give Congressional testimony and serve as an expert witness.


Climate Forecast Applications Network

Webster and Curry founded CFAN in 2006 under Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute VentureLab program. CFAN offers a true synergy between research, forecasts, and decision support which produces a culture of innovation and client support that is unique among weather and climate forecast providers.