Richard M. Goody

Harvard University

Election Year: 1970
Primary Section: 16, Geophysics
Membership Type: Emeritus

Research Interests

My research interests are in understanding the dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmospheres of the earth and planets, particularly the planetary-scale motions and thermal structure, both from the theoretical standpoint and also from the standpoint of measurement. Recent activities that I have undertaken have involved the rapid rotation of the atmosphere of Venus, methods for testing the validity of climate predictions, measuring cloud properties from space, and techniques for eliminating the effect of atmospheric disturbances on astronomical observing so that we may observe planets at high spatial resolution. I am also interested in the public policy aspects of atmospheric research, particularly in the political implications of global change research, and in the future direction of space exploration both with regard to the objectives and the means.

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