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Thomas H. Vonder Haar – University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Thomas Vonder Haar

Phone: 970-222-1482
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Career Overview

Professor Vonder Haar joined the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science faculty in 1970 after a post-doctoral appointment at the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin. He has served as a visiting scientist and lecturer at the Army Research Laboratory, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His consulting includes the World Meteorological Organization of the UN, European Space Agency, numerous U.S. aerospace companies and Science and Technology Corporation – METSAT division.

He has served as Department Head (1974-84) and Founding Director of CIRA (1980-2008). He has enjoyed advising approximately 30 Ph.D. and 100 M.S. graduates from the department. He co-authored the textbook Satellite Meteorology – An Introduction.

View the CSU SOURCE article, “Celebrate! 45 years at CSU: Thomas Vonder Haar,” highlighting Dr. Vonder Haar’s career accomplishments.

View the University Distinguished Professor Emeritus status letter written by Department Head Jeff Collett.

View the seminar, “History and Results from the Two-Decade Quest to Measure the Earth’s Radiation Budget,” presented by Dr. Vonder Haar on March 2, 2018.

Teaching Interests

Research Interests

Professor Vonder Haar’s research interests include the global energy and water budgets, remote sensing via satellite, and local area forecasting and geosciences. He also directs the DOD Center for Geosciences/Atmospheric Research at CSU – a multidisciplinary group of faculty, students and staff.

Research Sponsors

Awards, Honors, and Positions