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The Ocean's Role in Weather and Climate

Presenters:

Dr. Thomas Delworth
Dr. Thomas Delworth Dr. Thomas Delworth is leader of the Climate Dynamics and Prediction Group at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey, where he has been a research scientist since 1984. GFDL is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is one of the world's leading climate modeling centers. Dr. Delworth's research focuses on climate variability and change on time scales of decades to centuries, with particular emphasis on decadal variability of the Atlantic ocean and its impact on climate. Dr. Delworth has served on numerous national and international scientific research committees, has been a contributing author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and has authored over 50 papers for scientific journals and books.


Dr. Don Perovich
Dr. Don Perovich Don Perovich received a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from the University of Washington in 1983. He is a Research Geophysicist at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover NH. His primary research interest is understanding the role of sea ice in the global climate system, with an emphasis on the heat budget of sea ice and the ice albedo feedback. He has participated in numerous field experiments including serving as the Chief Scientist of SHEBA, a large international program studying the Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean. The centerpiece of this program was a year-long ice drift experiment. In 2005 he conducted sea ice studies during a 2005 Trans Arctic icebreaker expedition to the North Pole.




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