Bob Adler is a Senior Research Scientist Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his B.S. and M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1965 and 1967 and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1974. He has received the NASA Goddard William Nordberg Award for Earth Science in 2007, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2002 and the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal way back in 1989. He is also a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Adler's research focuses on the analysis of precipitation observations from space on global and regional scales using Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) data along with data from other satellites. He served as the TRMM Project Scientist from 2000-2007. He studies precipitation variations in relation to phenomena such as El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), volcanoes and tropical cyclones, as well as longer, inter-decadal changes. He also currently heads the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) and GEWEX. He is one of the developers of the TRMM Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA), providing a 3-hr resolution quasi-global rainfall analysis that his group is applying to analyze precipitation extremes, floods and landslides on a global scale. Dr. Adler has published over 100 papers in scientific journals on these topics.