Dr. Otis Brown
Dr. Brown is the former Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, founding Co-Director of the Abess Center, and current Professor in the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Rosenstiel School.
Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics, with a specialty in underwater optics, from the University of Miami; a Master of Science degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Miami; and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from North Carolina State University. He was appointed Associate Dean for Research of RSMAS in August 1989 and was Chairman of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from June, 1984, through December, 1989. Dr. Brown was appointed to the Graduate Faculty in 1984, and appointed as a CIMAS Member in 1987.
Dr. Brown's specialties include radiative transfer in the ocean-atmosphere system for visible light; particulate scattering in sea water; satellite infrared observations of sea surface temperature in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; kinematical studies of warm core rings based on infrared tracking; transient processes in western boundary currents; evolution of spring bloom on shelf/slope regions based on visible satellite data; participant in ONR Southern Ocean Studies and Kuroshio Extension Recirculation Programs, and the JGOFS Arabian Sea Expedition.
- Chairman BOT, UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research), Feb. 2000
- Trustee, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, October, 1996
- Chairman, Unidata Policy Committee, 1995
- Chairman of NOAA Climate and Global Change Advisory Panel, 1991
- Councilor, Planning Commission - AMS, 2001 - 2006
- Councilor, AMS, 1998-2001
- Member of the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) Satellite Review Panel, June 1999
- Member of the Ocean Studies Board 1998-2000
- Member of the Science Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, May, 1995
- Member of UCAR University Relations Committee, 1993-1995
- Member of MITRE/MEDEA
- Member of Eos/MODIS Instrument Team
Books: Njoku, E. G. and O. B. Brown. Sea surface Temperature. In: Atlas of Satellite Observations Related to Global Change, Eds. R.J. Gurney, J. L. Foster and C.L. Parkinson, Cambridge University Press, 1993, pp: 237-249.
Juried Articles (last 10 years)
Deuser, W.G., F.E. Muller-Karger, R.H. Evans, O.B. Brown, W.E. Esaias, and G.C. Feldman. Surface-ocean color and deep-ocean carbon flux: how close a connection. Deep-Sea Res. 37(8), 1990: 1331-1343.
Podesta, G.P., O.B. Brown and R.H. Evans. The annual cycle of satellite-derived sea surface temperature in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean. J. Climate 4(4), 1991: 457-467.
Joyce, T.M., J.K.B. Bishop and O.B. Brown. Observations of Offshore Shelf Water Transport Induced by a Warm-core Ring. Deep-Sea Res. 39(S.1), 1992: S97-S113.
Mariano, A.J. and O.B. Brown. Efficient Objective Analysis of Dynamically Heteorogenous and Nonstationary Fields via the Parameter Matrix. Deep Sea Res. 39(7/8), 1992: 1255-1271.
Garzoli, S.L., Z. Garraffo, G.P. Podestá and O.B. Brown. Analysis of a general circulation model product. Part 1: The geometry of the GCM in the Brazil/Malvinas and Kuroshio/Oyashio systems. J. Geophys. Res., 97, 1992: 20,117-20,138.
Podestá, G.P. and O.B. Brown. Spatial and temporal patterns of satellite-derived sea surface temperatures in the western tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, January 1982 - June 1989. Caribbean Marine Studies 3, 1992, 1-19.
Weatherly, G.L., R.H. Evans, O.B. Brown. A comparison of GEOSAT altimeter inferred currents and measured flow at 5400m depth in the Argentine Basin. Deep Sea Res. II, 40(4/5), 1993: 989-999.
Forbes, C., K. Leaman, D. Olson and O. Brown. Eddy and Wave Dynamics in the South Atlantic as Diagnosed from Geosat Altimeter Data. J. Geophys. Res. 98(C7), 1993, 12,297-12,314
Brown, J., O.Brown and R. Evans. Calibration of Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer Infrared Channels: A New Approach to Nonlinear Correction. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 98(C10), 1993, 18,157-18,269.
Goñi, G., G.P. Podestá, O.B. Brown and J. Brown. Mesoscale Ocean Variability Signal from GEOSAT Altimeter Data in the SW Atlantic Ocean: A Comparison of Orbit Error in three different GEOSAT Data Sets. Bolm Inst. Oceanogr. S. Paulo, 43(2), 1995, 101-110.
Framiñan, M. B. and O. B. Brown. Study of the Rio de la Plata Turbidity Front, Part I: Spatial and Temporal Distribution. Continental Shelf Research. Continental Shelf Res. 16(10), 1996, 1259-1282.
Smith, William L., R.O. Knuteson, H.E. Revercomb, W. Feltz, H.B. Howell, W.P. Menzel, N. Nalli, O.B. Brown, J. Brown, P. Minnett and W. McKeown. Observations of the Infrared Radiative Properties of the Ocean-Implications for the Measurement of Sea Surface Temperature via Satellite Remote Sensing. AMS Bulletin 77 (1), 1996, 41-51.
Forbes, C. and O. B. Brown. Assimilation of Sea Surface Height Data into an Isopycnic Ocean Model. J.Phys.Oceanog. 26(7), 1189-1213.
Goni, G., S. Garzoli, A. Roubicek, D. Olson and O. Brown. Agulhas Ring Dynamics from TOPEX/POSEIDON Satellite Altimeter Data. Journal of Marine Research, 55, 1997, 861-883.
Esaias, W.E., M. Abbott, I. Barton, O.B. Brown, J.W. Campbell, K.L. Carder, D.K. Clark, R.H. Evans, F.E. Hoge, H.R. Gordon, W.M. Balch, R. Letelier, and P.J. Minnett. An Overview of MODIS Capabilities for Ocean Science Observations. IEEE, Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 36(4), 1998, 1250-1265.
Framiñan, M.B., and O.B.Brown, Sea surface temperature anomalies off the Río de la Plata Estuary: Coastal upwelling?, EOS Trans., AGU, 1998. 79(1), Ocean Sciences Suppl., 128.
Framiñan M.B., M.P. Etala, E.M. Acha, R.A. Guerrero, C.A. Lasta and O.B. Brown, Physical characteristics and processes of the Rio de la Plata Estuary, Chapter 8, In: Estuaries of South America: Their Geomorphology and Dynamics, G.M. Perillo, M.C. Piccolo and M. Pino (Eds.), Springer-Verlag, pp. 161-194.
Minnett, Peter J., R. Knuteson, F.A. Best, B.J. Osborne, J.A. Hanafin, and O.B. Brown, The Marine-Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (M-AERI), a high-accuracy, sea-going infrared spectroradiometer, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Vol. 18, 944-1013.
Yang, Q., B. Parvin, A.J. Mariano, E. Ryan, R.H. Evans and O.B. Brown, 2001. Seasonal and interannual studies of vortices in sea surface temperature data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, Oceanography from Space Venice 2000 special issue). (Submitted)
Honors and Awards
- 1985 - Recipient of NASA's Public Service Group Achievement Award
- 1990 - AGU Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans.
- 1995 - Recipient of fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- 1999 - Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
- 2001 - Recipient of NASA'S Satellite Ocean Atlas Team, Group Achievement Award
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