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For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2000
Contact: Gisela Speidel - International Pacific research Center - 956-9252
|UH Professor Honored for Advancement of Ocean Science and Technology|
Dr. Lorenz Magaard, Associate Dean of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and Executive Associate Director of the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, has received the prestigious International Award of the Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology (PACON) for his significant contributions to the advancement of ocean science and technology. The award was given Tuesday evening (June 6) at the PACON 2000 banquet, held in the Hawaiian Regent Hotel in Waikiki.
Magaard, a native of Germany, left the Institut fuer Meereskunde at the University of Kiel in 1975 to join the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa as Professor. He served as Department Chair from 1984 to 1990. As Chair of the Marine Council, he played a key role in the planning the now well-known School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, which joins together the major university marine programs and brings in millions of dollars in competitive grants from both national and international sources. Magaard was also instrumental in establishing the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) under the U.S.-Japan Common Agenda for Cooperation in Global Perspective. The IPRC mission is to study the nature and predictability of climate variation in the Asia-Pacific region.
Magaard has contributed significantly to the area of ocean policy and management. He has published widely in the field of baroclinic ocean waves, especially Rossby waves in the Pacific Ocean. This work has helped to point out the important role of the Pacific Ocean in climate variability, both regional and global.
PACON is the forum for sharing breakthroughs in ocean science and state-of-the-art marine technology, and developing partnerships among Pacific nations. PACON's goal is to ensure environmentally sound use of ocean resources and to widen knowledge of ocean technology.
PACON sponsors are:
- California Sea Grant College Program, University of California
- Coastal Services Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA
- Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Ocean Resources Branch, State of Hawai`i
- Hawai`i Sea Grant College Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
- Office of Sustainable Development & Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA
- School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
- U.S. Geological Survey