Naval Postgraduate School

THIS IS - Jeffrey Dean Paduan

Jeff Paduan at Timberline Lodge


* Technical Background:

Jeffrey D. Paduan received his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Oregon State University (OSU) in December, 1987. While at OSU, he specialized in the analysis of data from field measurements in the upper ocean including data from subsurface temperature chains and current meters and surface anemometers and radiometers. His thesis dealt with the balances of heat, energy, and momentum in the upper ocean and the role played by horizontal advection in those balances. Since leaving OSU, Dr. Paduan has worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography analyzing Lagrangian data from surface drifters. He has served as manager of the Global Drifter Center at Scripps Institution whose function is to coordinate drifter construction and deployments for the WOCE/TOGA Surface Velocity Program which is a worldwide attempt to seed the oceans with surface drifters involving scientists from over a dozen countries. As of June 1991, he has been assistant, and now associate, professor of oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School where he has continued work with surface drifters in the northeast Atlantic Ocean and in the California Current System as a principal investigator on two projects funded by the Office of Naval Research. He initiated a program using direction-finding (CODAR- type) HF radar systems around Monterey Bay to remotely measure coastal ocean surface currents out to distances of ~50 km. He helped to organize the Monterey Bay HF Radar Consortium, which brings together radar owners, operators, manufacturers, and scientists around the Bay to coordinate uses of the HF radar array. His focus has been on the dual goals of characterizing and improving HF radar performance and describing the dominant current processes in Monterey Bay. He served as principal investigator for the ICON project, which was a Monterey Bay area component of the National Ocean Partnership Program . Today, he is a PI on the NOAA/COTS Center for Integrated Marine Technolgoy program based at UC Santa Cruz (CIMT) and a PI on the state-funded Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program (COCMP). Links to national efforts to produce real-time surface velocity mapping products, including the Monterey Bay systems, can be accessed at: Oceancurrents.US.

* Research Links:

Radar And Drifter Lab

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Jeff's Research Lab

Center for Integrated Marine Technology


Real-time surface current Maps

Real-time Currents

NPS Oceanography

Jeff's Department

* Jeff's Curriculum Vitae


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