PORSEC Distinguished Science Award

Presented the following citation and a medal from

the Pacific Ocean Remote Sensing Congress, 11/2000


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.