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ESRL/PSD Seminar Series

From Kansas to Galapagos: A Personal Historical Perspective on 50 Years of Boundary-Layer Research

Frank Bradley, CSIRO

Abstract


Noted Australian scientist Frank Bradley will recount experiences from his career in research on atmospheric boundary layers and air-surface interactions. Dr. Bradley was a principal in the famous Kansas Experiment, a field study of basic surface layer similarity physics conducted on a flat Kansas stubble field in 1968. The Kansas Experiment revolutionized the treatment of turbulence in micrometeorology. It was followed a few years later by the Minnesota Experiment, which extended the findings of Kansas to the convective boundary layer. Thirty years later, Dr. Bradley was on a NOAA research cruise (called EPIC2001) off Mexico when the research vessel encountered a rapidly forming Tropical Cyclone Ivo. How did Dr. Bradley go from a wheat field to the edge of a tropical cyclone? How has the science changed since (and before) Kansas? To find out, join us for an informal presentation and discussion as Dr. Bradley recounts his personal journey.


ESRL Briefing Room (3B504)
Thursday, 31 May 2007
2:00 pm Refreshments will be served
Note: Special Thursday Seminar

SECURITY: If you are coming from outside the NOAA campus, please be advised that you will need an on-site sponsor. Please contact that person in advance of the seminar to be put on the list and allow 10 minutes extra on the day of the seminar. Please contact Joe Barsugli (303-497-6042) or Barbara Herrli (303-497-3876) at least a day before the seminar if you have any questions.