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Principal Investigators

Dr. Frank Schwing (PFEL) has expertise in the observational analysis and numerical modeling of circulation processes. He conducts research on interannual variability in west coast circulation, including ENSO signals in mesoscale coastal processes. For the past few years has been part of a multidisciplinary effort to describe climate scale variability in the CCS and the North Pacific, which has resulted in a number of recent publications on the subject. Frank is the Project Director and Principal Investigator of our current NEP project. He is the lead investigator on the analysis and interpretation of the oceanographic data on this project.

Dr. Roy Mendelssohn (PFEL) was a Principal Investigator of the Climate and Eastern Ocean System (CEOS) Program funded by the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. This international cooperative program looked at comparative changes in the major upwelling systems of the world, and how these changes have affected marine resources. As part of the work for the CEOS Program, he was one of the designers and code developers of the micro-computer based version of the COADS dataset. He introduced the use of state-space decomposition techniques to model oceanographic time-series. Roy leads the development of the subsurface data base, and the integration of the subsurface data base with the surface data base, in our present GLOBEC project.

Dr. Tom Murphree (Naval Postgraduate School) has been the principal investigator on several research projects investigating large-scale, low-frequency variations of the ocean and atmosphere. His studies have focused on ocean-atmosphere interaction processes and teleconnection mechanisms. Tom has worked extensively on dynamical analyses of oceanic and atmospheric observations, and a number of oceanic and atmospheric models. His recent research includes observational and modeling studies of the impacts of climatic variations in east Asia and the western tropical Pacific on the North Pacific - North America region, especially the impacts on the NEP. This research focuses on large scale air-sea interactions, low frequency dynamics, and teleconnection mechanisms.

Dr. Robin Tokmakian, Naval Postgraduate School),

Dr. Bert Semtner, (Naval Postgraduate School),

Lynn deWitt (PFEL) developed the global subsurface data base that we are analyzing, and was largely responsible for implementing the LAS on the PFEL network. She also has assisted in developing a number of other data bases and has extensive experience in data summarization and visualization using Ferret and other packages, as well as web page development. Lynn has applied her background in oceanography to a wide variety of oceanic and atmospheric analyses for our present GLOBEC project.

Additional scientific support

Phaedra Green-Jessen (JIMAR) uses her background in meteorology to provide programming and scientific assistance to our project. She has developed a number of environmental data sets and climatologies for the north Pacific. She summarizes, analyzes, and visualizes these data sets using several software packages. Phaedra also is the webmaster for the PFEL/GLOBEC page.

Past scientific support

Dr. Richard Parrish (PFEL) has analyzed climate fluctuations in the oceans and their impacts on fishery populations for many years and has published a number of seminal papers on the subject. He is directing the generation of the decade fields, and provides his experience on the analysis of the patterns found in the retrospective and modeling work. Richard provides expertise on potential biological impacts of climate change.

Dr. Grigory Monterey (JIMAR) was previously a co-principal investigator on a diagnostic study of the north Atlantic circulation funded by the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. He was a co-author of two volumes of the World Ocean Atlas on seasonal variability of mixed layer depth and steric sea level. He worked on the implementation of the POM for the North Pacific and ran the simulations of ocean circulation on the PFEL SGI. Grigory had also developed a mixed layer depth global data base and climatologies.