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August 7, 2001
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Veron Awarded Director’s Prize
Institution of Oceanography/UCSD
Veron of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California,
San Diego, has been awarded the Edward A. Frieman Director’s Prize in
recognition of excellence in graduate student research.
prize was established to celebrate the 70th birthday of Scripps Institution
Director Edward A. Frieman, who led the institution for 10 years. Since its
inception in 1996, the Frieman Prize has been given each year to a Scripps
graduate student who has published an outstanding research paper in the past
12 months as evaluated by a faculty committee.
now a postdoctoral researcher at Scripps, was lead author of “Experiments on
the stability and transition of wind-driven water surfaces,” co-authored by
Scripps Professor Ken Melville. Veron conducted the research as a Scripps
paper addresses the critical air-sea interface, an area of wind, wave, and
circulation interactions that controls the fluxes of heat, gas, momentum, and
energy between the atmosphere and the ocean. Veron and Melville
developed laboratory-based techniques and theory to explain small-scale
processes at the air-sea interface that have a significant effect on the
larger scales and on ocean remote sensing. They then applied their measurement
techniques in the field and showed that the dynamics observed in the
laboratory also are observed in natural water bodies.
to the Frieman Award Committee, made up of Scripps scientists, the paper made
several important contributions to future research on air-sea interactions.
work is likely to become a classic in the field, forming the basis for new
theories on the three-dimensionality of wind-wave-circulation interactions,
and enabling improved parameterizations of air-sea fluxes for numerical
climate models,” the committee, chaired by Scripps Professor Peter Franks,
observed in its selection notice.
received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from
the Universite Bordeaux 1 in France. He entered the Applied Ocean Science
curricular group at Scripps in 1995 and was awarded a Ph.D. in September 2000.
will take up an assistant professorship at the University of Delaware in
January 2002. The National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research
will fund Veron and Melville to continue their studies of air-sea interaction
processes from Scripps’s Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) off the coast
of California over the next four years.
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