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William Patzert

Education
  • B.S., Physics & Mathematics, Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana (1964)
  • Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Honolulu (1972)

Research Interests
  • Developing improvements in climate forecasting over North America and elsewhere using NASA-generated global data in concert with longer climate records of land-based temperature & precipitation.
  • Analysis and interpretation of global TOPEX Poseidon/Jason sea level height data for the scientific community, "practical customers" and the general public.
  • Communicating advice to societal customers that benefit from NASA/JPL-generated climate forecasts.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Research Scientist (Oceanography), (1983-present)
      Conduct research on the ocean's role in climate variability and publication of scientific/popular articles NASA/JPL media spokesperson for ocean- and climate-related space activities. Responsibilities include working for various NASA/JPL projects and being a member of NASA science teams.
    • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Detailee to NASA Headquarters (1983-86 and 1990-93)
    • NASA Headquarters Program Manager for Physical Oceanography and Ocean Dynamics Program Scientist, NASA's Scatterometer (NSCAT) & U.S./France TOPEX/Poseidon Missions
    • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Detailee to NOAA Headquarters (1994-1996) Helped develop long-term, coordinated U.S. strategy for ocean, earth & atmospheric remote sensing
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Univer. of California, San Diego, Research Oceanographer (1972-83). Conducted research to understand the ocean's role in climate, participated in numerous oceanographic expeditions.

Selected Awards
  • American Geophysical Union Athelstan Spilhaus Award (2010) for devoting portion of his life to expressing the excitement, significance and beauty of Earth and space science to the general public
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Honoree (2007) - Citation: "For outstanding contributions to the science of climatology and its effect on water resources"
  • Dr. Charles K. Witham Environmental Stewardship Award (2005)
  • 4 NASA Exceptional Service Medals in 2006, 2003, 1999 and 1994
  • Medal of Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (1994), Highest Award of French Space Agency
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology Laurels Award (1993) for "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Space/Missiles" (Vol. 140, No. 4, Jan. 24, 1994 issue)
  • Medal of Astronautique (1992), Highest Award of Association Aeronautique et Astronautique de France, for "Playing a Leading Role in the Development and Conduct of the US/France TOPEX/POSEIDON Mission"
  • NSF Fellowship, Summer Institute of Glaciological Sciences at Juneau, Alaska (1965)
  • Honorary academic societies: Sigma Xi, Sigma Pi Sigma & Sigma Gamma Epsilon
  • Eagle Scout awarded by Boy Scouts of America (1956)

Selected Publications
  1. Dan Killam, Ann Bui, Steve LaDochy, Pedro Ramirez, William Patzert and Josh Willis, 2013, Precipitation trends in California: Natural Variability Overwhelms Climate Change Trends. Submitted to Environmental Research Letters.
  2. Dan Killam, Ann Bui, Steve LaDochy, Pedro Ramirez, William Patzert and Josh Willis, 2013, Precipitation trends in California: High variability in a warming environment. Submitted to Climate Change.
  3. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Radley Horton, William Patzert and others, 2012, Enhancing Climate Resilience at NASA Centers: The Climate Adaptation Science Investigator Workgroup (CASI) for Science and Stewardship. Accepted for publication by BAMS (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society)
  4. Lee, T., W. R. Hobbs, J. K. Willis, D. Halkides, I. Fukumori, E. M. Armstrong, A. K. Hayashi, W. T. Liu, W. Patzert, and O. Wang (2010), Record warming in the South Pacific and western Antarctica associated with the strong central-Pacific El Niño in 2009-10, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L19704, doi:10.1029/2010GL044865.
  5. Steve LaDochy and Pedro Ramirez (California State University, Los Angeles) and William Patzert, 2009, Pacific Ocean Indices and Southern California Climate Variability: When the Pacific Talks, California Listens. Submitted to The California Geographer (Journal of the California Geographers Association).
  6. William Patzert, and Josh Willis (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Arbi Tamrazian (University of California, Berkeley) and Steve LaDochy (California State University, Los Angeles), 2008: Heat Waves in Southern California: Are They Becoming More Frequent and Longer Lasting?, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers 2008 Yearbook.
  7. LaDochy and S., R. Medina and W. Patzert, 2007: Recent California climate variability: Spatial and temporal patterns in temperature trends, Climate Research. CR Vol 33, No. 2:159-169 (2007).
  8. Patzert, W.C., 1997, book chapter: "Corals from Space" in "The Ecology of the Indonesian Seas, Parts I & II," The Ecology of Indonesia Series, Volume VII by Tomascik, T., Mah, A.J., Nontji, A. and Moosa, M.K., Periplus Editions, Singapore. ISBN: 962-593-078-7.
  9. Poulain, P.- M., D.S. Luther and W.C. Patzert, 1992: Deriving inertial wave characteristics from surface drifter velocities: frequency variability in the Tropical Pacific. J. of Geo. Res., 97(C11), 17,947-17,9659.
  10. Zlotnicki,V., L.-L. Fu and W. Patzert, , 1989: Seasonal variability in global sea level observed with Geosat altimetry. J. of Geophys. Res., 94(C12), 17,959-17,969.
  11. Broecker, W.S., W.C. Patzert, J.R. Toggweiller and M. Stuiver, 1986: Hydrography, chemistry and radioisotopes in the southeast Asian Basins. J. of Geophys. Res., 91(C12), 14,345-14,354.
  12. McNally, G.J., W.C. Patzert, A.D. Kirwan, Jr. and A.C. Vastano, 1983: The near-surface circulation of the north Pacific using satellite tracked drifting buoys. J. of Geophys. Res., 88(C9), 7,507-7,518.
  13. Wyrtki, K., W.C. Patzert, K. Firing, D. Halpern, R. Knox, G. McNally, E. Stroup, B. Taft and R. Williams, 1981: The Hawaii to Tahiti Shuttle Experiment. Science, 211, 22-28.
  14. Barnett, T.P., W.C. Patzert, S.C. Webb and B.R. Bean, 1979: The climatological usefulness of satellite determined sea-surface temperatures of the Tropical Pacific. Bul. of Amer. Met. Soc., 60(3), 197-205.
  15. Reid, J.L., W.C. Patzert and W.D. Nowlin, Jr., 1977: On the characteristics and circulation of the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.J. of Phys. Oceanogr., 7(1), 62-91.
  16. Wyrtki, K., W.C. Patzert, E. Stroup, R. Williams and W. Quinn, 1976: Predicting and observing El Niño. Science, 191(4225), 343-346.
  17. R. Harvey and W.C Patzert, 1976: Deep current measurements suggest long waves in the eastern Equatorial Pacific. Science, l93, 883-885.
  18. Patzert, W.C., 1974: Wind-induced reversal in Red Sea circulation. Deep-Sea Res., 21(2), 109-121.
  19. Patzert, W.C., 1969: Eddies in Hawaiian waters. Hawaii Inst. of Geophysics Rept. 69-8, 51 p., 71 figs.

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