J. Dana Thompson and Harley E. Hurlburt have has been the principal architect of the navy's effort to been awarded two of the three Navy Meritorious develop an eddy-resolving capability to describe and Civilian Service Awards—th e highest award the head predict the ocean circulation on a global basis. Under his leadership, the Global Ocean Prediction System of an activity may confer on a civilian employee of that team developed the first 2-4-layer 1/8-degree nu- command. merical models, with realistic topography , for both the During th e past five years, Thompson , an oceanog- North Pacific and North Atlantic circulation. He has rapher in the Ocean Sensing and Prediction Division made fundamental contributions in the inference of of the Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Re- subsurface oceanic information from surface mea- search Laboratory (NOARL), has represented the surements and played a key role in the acquisition of navy on various external panels, committees, and the navy's supercomputer by providing vital scoping working groups, enhancing the image of the navy information for the initial sizing requirements. within the international scientific community. He has served on the World Ocean Circulation Experiment Hurlburt and his associate, J. DanaThompson , Jr., (WOCE) Science Steering Committee and the Insti- were the first to successfully model the semiannual tute for Naval Oceanography (INO) Advisory Panel. eddy shedding of the Gulf of Mexico loop current, which earned Hurlburt the Distinguished Scientist Thompson is an international leader in ocean predic- Medal at the 13th International Liege Colloguium in tion research and an expert in utilizing satellite altim- 1981. Because of his stature in the scientific commu- eter data an d ocea n models to understand and predict nity, Hurlburt has been asked to serve on the World ocean circulation. Ocean Circulation Experiment Numerical Modeling Hurlburt, a senior research oceanographer in the and the Navy Space Oceanography working groups. Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Branch of NOARL, World WORLD Leaders' METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION Viewpoints ©1991 WMO-no. 748, 48 pages, $12 includes postage and handling. Please send prepaid orders to: Publications Department, American (Orders from U.S. and Canada only.) Meteorological Organization, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-3693 Bulletin American Meteorological Society 1567
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Published: Oct 1, 1991
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