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William Patzert

  • 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
  • 2018 Freedom of Information Award from the Radio & Television News Association (RTNA) of Southern California
  • 2017 Rotary Lifetime Humanitarian STAR (Science, Technology, Aerospace & Robotics) Award for environmental contributions and their benefit to humanity from the Rotary Club of Sierra Madre, CA.
  • Voyager Award (2017) from JPL's Science Division
  • JPL Bruce Murray Award (2014) for Excellence in Public Engagement and Education
  • 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. Patzert, William; LaDochy, Steve; Ramirez, Pedro; and Willis, Josh: Los Angeles Weather Station’s relocation impacts climate and weather records: The California Geographer, Vol. 55, (2016) [8], pg 41-52.
  2. Veronica Nieves, Josh Willis and William Patzert: Recent hiatus caused by decadal shift in Indo-Pacific heating. Published online by Science on July 9, 2015, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa4521.
  3. Dan Killam, Ann Bui, Steve LaDochy, Pedro Ramirez, Joshua Willisand William Patzert, California getting wetter to the north, drier to the south: Natural variability or climate change? Climate, Published August 2014.
  4. Rosenzweig, C., R.M. Horton, D.A. Bader, M.E. Brown, R. DeYoung, O. Dominguez, M. Fellows, L. Friedl, W. Graham, C. Hall, S. Higuchi, L. Iraci, G. Jedlovec, J. Kaye, M. Loewenstein, T. Mace, C. Milesi, W. Patzert, P. Stackhouse Jr., and K. Toufectis : Enhancing Climate Resilience at NASA Centers: A Collaboration between Science and Stewardship. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., Published September 2014. 
  5. 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.
  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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