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December 15, 2000
Mario Aguilera, Dec. 15-18 AGU Press Room
In 1955, he coordinated the NORPAC Expedition, which collected oceanographic observations over the North Pacific Ocean. He has written numerous papers based on these results, and he has edited the NORPAC Atlas of the expedition's materials.
Aboard R/V Argo in 1966, he carried out a winter expedition into the northwestern Pacific, the Bering Sea, and the Okhotsk Sea. In 1968, he made the first measurements of the abyssal flow from the South Pacific into the North Pacific through its deepest passage, the Samoan Passage. On the PIQUERO Expedition in 1969, he measured the transport of water from the Pacific to Atlantic, south of Cape Horn. He has also measured water characteristics, including currents, in the Antarctic, south of New Zealand, and in the southwestern Atlantic.
Reid was one of the initial participants in the Atlantic and Pacific phases of the GEOSECS Expedition, which obtained detailed measurements of oceanic constituents along Arctic-to-Antarctic sections.
More recently, he has investigated the nature of current exchanges between the major oceans. These studies focus on the exchange of water between the Norwegian-Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic, and the Antarctic and South Atlantic oceans.
Reid is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He served as president of the Ocean Sciences Section of AGU from 1984-86. He has received the Alexander Agassiz Award of the National Academy of Sciences and the Henry Stommel Research Award of the American Meteorological Society.
Reid and his wife, Freda, who is a specialist in marine biology at Scripps, reside in Del Mar, Calif.
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