Research Dynamics

Oceanography career honored with symposium that profiles science contributions

VIRGINIA KEY, FL (October 19, 2006) -- A symposium whose prospectus reads like a "who's who" of atmospheric and marine scientists is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10 at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. The symposium will honor Dr. Claes G.H. Rooth, the Swedish-born physical oceanographer who has spent more than 30 years studying the ocean, the atmosphere and the interactions between them that are pivotal to the understanding of weather and climate. The former assistant director of the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) and Rosenstiel School faculty member will be honored with this one-day symposium that profiles his scientific contributions and the noteworthy scientists who have collaborated with, and been inspired by, Dr. Rooth.

The symposium will be held at the Rosenstiel School Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. with a reception following at 5:30 p.m. The program will feature three distinct sessions detailing recent progress in research topics that Rooth has been involved with over the years, including hurricanes, climate, and ocean processes.

"Not only has Dr. Rooth excelled in his own research, " said Dr. Larry Peterson, associate dean of the Rosenstiel School, "but his example and his words have sparked the interest and research of a great number of other successful scientists in his field. Dr. Rooth has always been a researcher who thinks in broad and creative ways. His ideas have consistently inspired colleagues to question and rethink traditionally held views and produce pioneering science."

Over his prolific career, Rooth's research has covered a wide spectrum of oceanic and atmospheric systems, with a common application of theoretical fluid mechanics as a particular point of interest. His scientific contributions have helped formulate ideas for the representation of deep ocean circulation and their simulation in global numerical models. He has also studied intensive air-sea interactions and their biological impacts on coastal and open ocean settings.

Acclaimed scientists and researchers from various institutions will present discussions on topics such as the history of ocean modeling, hurricanes and climate change, and changes in the ocean thermohaline circulation. The speakers are among the world's leading authorities in rapid climate change, weather forecasting, and ocean dynamics, many of them alumni or former faculty who have studied or completed research in conjunction with the Rosenstiel School. The speakers will be: Rainer Bleck (Columbia University), George Veronis (Yale University), James Price (Wood Hole Oceanogrpahic Institution), Hugh Willoughby (Florida International University), Fritz Schott (University of Kiel), Jorge Sarmiento (Princeton University), and Wallace Broecker (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory).


Rosenstiel School is part of the University of Miami and, since its founding in the 1940s, has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. See

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