Uniondale, NY, April 20, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Dr. James J. O'Brien, retired Director Emeritus of Florida State University’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, has been named Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in meteorology. While inclusion in Cambridge Who’s Who is an honor, only one member in each discipline is named the Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year. The Cambridge Who’s Who selection committee picks these special Who’s Who honorees based on accomplishments, academic achievement, leadership, and service.
O'Brien, an expert in meteorology, founded the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at the University of Florida. He is credited with ocean modeling which led to new breakthroughs in understanding coastal upwelling, El Niño, La Niña, and hurricane effects on the ocean. Since retiring in December 2006, O’Brien has focused his research on the effects of global climate change. COAPS promotes interdisciplinary research on air-sea interaction, ocean and coupled air-sea modeling, climate predictions, statistical studies and predictions of social/economic consequences due to ocean-atmospheric variations.
O'Brien received his Ph.D. and masters degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University, and his bachelors degree in chemistry from Rutgers University. A gifted public speaker and lecturer, O’Brien is a fellow of American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, Royal Meteorological Society and AAAS. He is the recipient of numerous awards including ONR Distinguished Ocean Educator, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, Florida State University, and UDA Prize, Japan Oceanographic Society.
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