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Marine meteorologist to give talk on April 8

by Colin Poitras - March 30, 2009


James Edson, associate professor of marine sciences at UConn’s Avery Point campus, will give a talk titled “Meteorological Investigations over the Open Ocean” on April 8 at noon, in Homer Babbidge Library’s Class of ’47 Room.

The talk is part of the library’s ongoing series “Research Highlights at Noon,” which showcases faculty research.

Edson will describe how marine meteorologists and oceanographers conduct investigations of atmosphere-ocean interaction to improve marine forecasting.

He will discuss a research experiment conducted in extreme wintertime conditions in the North Atlantic, with wind speeds averaging 30 knots, which drove waves that routinely exceeded 15 feet in height. He will explain how measurements are made from ships, buoys, and other platforms under these conditions, and what they tell us about marine weather.

Edson received his Ph.D. in meteorology from Penn State University. After a post-doctoral year in Nantes, France, he spent 14 years as a research scientist and educator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

He joined the marine sciences faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn in 2005, where he continues to conduct research in air-sea interaction and teaches courses in physics and meteorology.

A question-and-answer session will follow the talk. Those who plan to attend are invited to bring a lunch.

For further information, contact Frances Libbey, sciences bibliographer, at 860-486-2521 or Frances.Libbey@uconn.edu.





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