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David  Halpern's Picture
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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David Halpern
Senior Research Scientist

  • B.Sc., Geology and Physics (Honors), McGill University (1964)
  • Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1969)

Research Interests
  • Science and public policy
  • Interactions of the atmosphere and ocean

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena (1986-Present)
    • Senior Research Scientist (1988-Present)
    • Manager, Climate Variability Program (1989-2002)
    • Manager, Oceanic Remote Sensing Library (1988-2002)
    • Manager, NASA Ocean Data System (1988-1990)
  • Affiliate Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla (2016-Present)
  • Senior Advisor, Earth Science Research, NASA Headquarters, Washington (2006-2012)
  • Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington (2002-2006)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (1989-2002)
  • Visiting Professor, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (1989-1990)
  • Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle (1969-1985)
    • Supervisory Oceanographer (1974-1985)
    • Research Oceanographer (1969-1974)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (1970-1986)
    • Affiliate Professor (1982-1988)
    • Affiliate Associate Professor (1975-1982)
    • Affiliate Assistant Professor (1970-1975)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate,Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (1969)

Community Service
  • Vice-President, Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (2016-Present)
  • Member, Group on Earth Observations Program Board (2015-Present)
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
    • Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (2015-Present)
    • Board on Oceanic Sciences (2013-Present)
  • U.S. Representative, United Nations Bureau for the World Ocean Assessment (2012-Present)

Selected Awards
  • Fellow
    • International Academy of Astronautics (2003)
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2001)
    • American Geophysical Union (1997)
    • California Academy of Sciences (1994)
    • American Meteorological Society (1993)
    • Explorers Club (1979)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Exceptional Service Medal (2012)
    • Exceptional Service Medal (2007)
    • Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2003)
    • Outstanding Leadership Medal (2000)
    • Special Service Award (1999)
  • Silver Medal, U.S. Department of Commerce (1981)
  • Eleven awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1975-1985)
  • Bureau of International Exposition Medal, Portugal (1998)

Selected Publications

86 Refereed Publications (more than 300 total publications)

  1. Halpern, D., D. Menemenlis and X. Wang (2015) Impact of data assimilation on ECCO2 Equatorial Undercurrent and North Equatorial Countercurrent in the Pacific Ocean. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 32, 131-143.
  2. Halpern, D., Offshore Ekman transport and Ekman pumping off Peru during the 1997-1998 El Nino. Geophys. Res. Letts., 21, 10.1029/2001GL014097 (2002)
  3. Halpern, D. and P. Woiceshyn, Somali Jet in the Arabian Sea, El Nino, and India rainfall. J. Climate, 14, 434-441 (2001)
  4. Halpern, D. and C.-W. Hung, Satellite observations of the southeast Pacific convergence zone during 1993-1998. J. Geophys. Res., 106, 28107-28112 (2001)
  5. Halpern, D., Visiting TOGA's past. Bull., Amer. Meteor. Soc., 77, 233-242 (1996)
  6. Halpern, D. and G.C. Feldman, Annual and interannual variations of phytoplankton pigment concentration and upwelling along the Pacific equator. J. Geophys. Res., 99, 7347-7354 (1994)
  7. Halpern, D., Observations of annual and El Nino thermal and flow variations along the equator at 0 degrees, 110 degrees W and 0 degrees, 95 degrees W during 1980-1985. J. Geophys. Res., 92, 8197-8212 (1987)
  8. Halpern, D., Structure of a coastal upwelling event observed off Oregon during July 1973. Deep-Sea Res., 23, 495-508 (1976)
  9. Halpern, D., Observations of the deepening of the wind-mixed layer in the northeast Pacific Ocean. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 4, 454-466 (1974)
  10. Halpern, D., Observations of short-period internal waves in Massachusetts Bay. J. Mar. Res., 29, 116-132 (1971)

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