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Congratulations Sydney on receiving the NOAA Distinguished Career Award for Scientific Achievement!
NODC congratulates Sydney Levitus on his selection to receive the NOAA Distinguished Career Award for Scientific Achievement. This award is one of the highest honors that can be granted by the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere. Syd's citation reads "For pioneering climate science work at NOAA computing global ocean heat content and making oceanographic data available to the scientific community."
Sydney Levitus Elected AAAS Fellow
Noted oceanographer, researcher, and NODC supervisor, Sydney Levitus was elected as a 2010 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The 503 newly elected Fellows will be installed during the Association's Annual Meeting on February 19. Mr. Levitus is only one of nine in the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section. He is being honored for his "distinguished contributions to the field of ocean sciences, particularly in the area of data archaeology and the analysis of the impacts of climate change on the upper ocean."
The honoring body, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization founded in 1848. It is dedicated to advancing science around the world through international programs, science policy, and science education. AAAS serves some 262 affiliated societies and publishes Science, the largest peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, having an estimated readership of one million.
Mr. Levitus earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from New York University. Following 18 months at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, Syd joined NOAA in 1974 as an oceanographer at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey. He joined the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) as Chief, Product Development Branch, in 1989. "I came to NODC because it was an opportunity to have my own research group," states Mr. Levitus. His group has grown to 11 staff members including contractors. Since then, his responsibilities have increased to being the Director of the World Data Center for Oceanography and Chief of the NODC Ocean Climate Laboratory. Since the early 1990s he has also led two projects for the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Committee of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The first of these is the "Global Oceanographic Data Archaeology and Rescue (GODAR)" project which has the goal of locating and making available in electronic form ocean data at risk of being lost due to media decay of paper, magnetic tape, floppy discs, etc. The second is the "World Ocean Database" project which has the goal of accelerating the inclusion of international ocean profile and plankton data into a common database with all data in a common format and with consistent quality control flags applied to all data.
Syd's first oceanographic atlas was the Climatological Atlas of the World Ocean, published in 1982 which has been cited more than 2,600 times in scientific literature. This product has since evolved into the World Ocean Database series and the World Ocean Atlas series for 1994, 1998, 2001, 2005, and 2009 respectively. These publications are frequently cited in scientific literature; the distribution of over 6,000 recent references is shown in Figure 1.
Syd is a frequent speaker at scientific meetings and conferences. He serves on international committees and panels, and has published extensively on data extracted from the above products. In 2000, Syd and his colleagues published the first scientific analysis documenting that the world ocean had warmed since the mid-1950s in an amount consistent with the warming expected due to the increase of greenhouse gases in earth's atmosphere. This paper was of such significance that it drew a considerable amount of media attention. Subsequent papers have also been frequently cited and have initiated much scientific interest in the earth system's heat balance of which the ocean is by far the largest component.
Congratulations, Syd, for your dedication and scientific accomplishments throughout your thirty seven years with NOAA!
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