Susan Avery is an atmospheric physicist. She is President Emeritus of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Susan Avery was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General and also chair of the US Advisory Committee to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. She has served on several committees of the US National Research Council, and on science advisory committees for National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Meteorological Society for which she also served as President. One of her research areas was the study of atmosphere circulations and included the development of novel radar technology to measure winds in the upper atmosphere in remote regions.