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Jason Goodman


Jason Goodman grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, which provided him with plenty of opportunity to study atmosphere-ocean interaction at his favorite surf spots. His first practical experience with meteorology came in third grade, when he and a friend used a toy anemometer to measure the wind speeds during the approach of Hurricane Iwa. (The experiment required two scientists, one to hold the anemometer, the other to keep the former from being knocked over by the wind. The scientists' mothers were not consulted beforehand.) Goodman was also an avid amateur astronomer as a boy. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Goodman is active in a very broad range of research projects, all involving the interaction of atmosphere, ocean, and ice. These include attempts to understand the chaotic monthly to decadal variability of the modern-day atmosphere and ocean; investigation of the "Snowball Earth" hypothesis, which suggests that Earth's oceans may have been totally frozen from pole to pole around 600 million years ago; and a serious study of "planetary oceanography," investigating the behavior of liquid water oceans beneath the ice-covered surfaces of several of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

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