Dudley Chelton is a physical oceanographer known for his research on ocean circulation and air-sea interaction using satellite microwave observations of sea-surface height, surface winds, and sea-surface temperature. He was born in Boulder, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. degree in physics and from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego with a Ph.D. in oceanography. After working for 3 years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he joined the faculty at Oregon State University in 1983. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He received the AMS Henry Stommel Medal and the NASA William T. Pecora Award, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Dudley Chelton's research interests include investigation of the variability of mesoscale and large-scale ocean circulation and air-sea interaction from satellite radar altimeter measurements of sea surface height, radar scatterometer measurements of winds, and passive microwave radiometer measurements of sea surface temperature. Geographical areas of specific interest include the California Current System, the North Pacific Ocean, and the equatorial oceans. He is also interested in development and applications of statistical data analysis techniques.

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Section 16: Geophysics