Presented the following citation and a medal from
Professor Bob Brown produced the basic analytic solution
for the flow in a Planetary Boundary Layer, modifying Ekman's solution
to introduce the now well known organized large eddies in the PBL (1970).
He has written two seminal texts, on Planetary Boundary Layer Modeling
(1974, John Wylie Press) and Fluid Mechanics of the Atmosphere, (1991,
Academic Press Geophysics Series). He has made numerous other contributions
of journal papers, book chapters and conference presentations.
Since 1978, Bob Brown has become increasingly involved
in satellite remote sensing, and from the days of Seasat he has used and
advocated the use of scatterometer data to measure properties of the boundary
layer winds. He is currently on Science Teams for the NASA scatterometers
NSCAT, Quickscat and SeaWinds, and the Lidar wind sensor (NOAA and NASA).
Has been a Principle Investigator for the NASA WETNET project using the
SSM/I (radiometer) and a co-Principal Investigator on a RADARSAT project
and two EOS grants.
Professor Bob Brown took an interest in PORSEC from
the early days and is presently the Chairman of the Publications Committee.
He was Editor of the book ?Remote Sensing of the Pacific Ocean by Satellites?
in 1998 which arose from the PORSEC 1996 Conference in Victoria, Canada;
and he was the Guest Editor for the Special Issue of the Journal of Advanced
Marine Science and Technology Society, which arose from the 1998 PORSEC
Conference in Qingdao, China.
Professor Robert A. Brown is now the recipient of the PORSEC Distinguished Science Award for 2000 in Goa, India.