Dr. Curtis Mobley named 2016 Jerlov Award Recipient


Dr. Curtis Mobley is an internationally renowned expert in applications of radiative transfer theory to problems in optical oceanography and ocean color remote sensing. Dr. Mobley received his Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Maryland in 1977, and he has been Vice President for Science and Senior Scientist at Sequoia Scientific, Inc. since 1996. He has over 65 refereed publications in optical oceanography on topics ranging from sea surface reflectance and transmission to ocean color remote sensing, inverse methods, ocean ecosystem modeling, bioluminescence and camouflage, bio-optics, and numerical techniques for radiative transfer calculations. Through the software he wrote and commercialized (HydroLight), he has democratized radiative-transfer calculations as a tool to be used for applications from instrument design, through realistic light fields for primary productivity estimates, to providing the lookup tables necessary to invert space-based observations to obtain in-water properties. In addition, Curt is highly regarded for the quality of his lectures, short courses, tutorials, and web pages, which have introduced many undergraduate and graduate students to the field. He has received scholarly recognition ranging from a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany as a graduate student to selection as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Maryland School of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. The Oceanography Society proudly recognizes Dr. Mobley as the 2016 recipient of the Jerlov Award for his lifetime of achievements and contributions to optical oceanography.

Dr. Mobley will be honored during a ceremony on October 27th at the Ocean Optics Conference in Victoria, BC, Canada.


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