Tuesday, August 7, 2001
Fabrice Veron Awarded Director’s Prize
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
FOR RELEASE: August
VERON AWARDED DIRECTORS PRIZE
Fabrice Veron of Scripps
Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego,
has been awarded the Edward A. Frieman Directors Prize in recognition
of excellence in graduate student research.
The prize was established
to celebrate the 70th birthday of Scripps Institution Director Edward
A. Frieman, who led the institution for 10 years. Since its inception
in 1996, the Frieman Prize has been given each year to a Scripps graduate
student who has published an outstanding research paper in the past
12 months as evaluated by a faculty committee.
Veron, now a postdoctoral
researcher at Scripps, was lead author of "Experiments on the stability
and transition of wind-driven water surfaces," co-authored by Scripps
Professor Ken Melville. Veron conducted the research as a Scripps graduate
The paper addresses the critical
air-sea interface, an area of wind, wave, and circulation interactions
that controls the fluxes of heat, gas, momentum, and energy between
the atmosphere and the ocean. Veron and Melville developed laboratory-based
techniques and theory to explain small-scale processes at the air-sea
interface that have a significant effect on the larger scales and on
ocean remote sensing. They then applied their measurement techniques
in the field and showed that the dynamics observed in the laboratory
also are observed in natural water bodies.
According to the Frieman
Award Committee, made up of Scripps scientists, the paper made several
important contributions to future research on air-sea interactions.
"This work is likely
to become a classic in the field, forming the basis for new theories
on the three-dimensionality of wind-wave-circulation interactions, and
enabling improved parameterizations of air-sea fluxes for numerical
climate models," the committee, chaired by Scripps Professor Peter
Franks, observed in its selection notice.
Veron received bachelors
and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the Universite
Bordeaux 1 in France. He entered the Applied Ocean Science curricular
group at Scripps in 1995 and was awarded a Ph.D. in September 2000.
Veron will take up an assistant
professorship at the University of Delaware in January 2002. The National
Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research will fund Veron
and Melville to continue their studies of air-sea interaction processes
from Scrippss Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) off the coast
of California over the next four years.
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