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WHOI Scientist to be Honored January 16 by the American Meteorological Society

January 10, 2002

Nelson Hogg, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), will receive the 2002 Stommel Award from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) January 16 during the society’s 82nd annual meeting in Orlando, FL. AMS is the nation’s leading professional society for scientists in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Hogg, a member of the Institution’s Physical Oceanography Department, is being honored “for elucidating the structure and dynamics of the ocean circulation through observation, analysis, and theory.”

The Stommel Research Award, named for another WHOI scientist and long-time Hogg colleague, the late Henry Stommel, is presented for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the understanding of the dynamics and physics of the ocean. Henry Stommel, who died in 1992 at age 71, was considered by many the world’s leading physical oceanographer. He was known for his contributions to the dynamics of ocean currents, especially the Gulf Stream, and for his insight into the physics of the oceans and associated atmospheric phenomena. He wrote more than 100 scientific papers as well as many popular articles and several books.

“Having worked closely with Hank Stommel for many years, it is an especially meaningful award for me,” Hogg said of the honor. “I am sure that he would be very pleased.”

Nelson Hogg joined the Institution staff in 1973. A native of Ontario, Canada, he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto in 1967 and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography in 1971. His research interests include the general circulation of the ocean with special emphasis on the deep flow beneath the thermocline, dynamics of low frequency motions and their relation to the mean circulation, and the effects of topography, wave motions, and mixing processes on abyssal flows in areas like the Brazil Basin. He has served on panels with the National Science Foundation and the National Research Council, and recently completed a term as co-editor of the AMS Journal of Physical Oceanography.

The AMS, founded in 1919, promotes the development and dissemination of information on atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. The Society publishes nine scientific journals, sponsors scientific conferences, and supports public education programs across the country.