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Dr. Chris Zappa

I am a specialist in ocean-atmosphere interactions. My interests include wave dynamics and wave breaking, the effect of near-surface turbulence on heat, gas, and momentum transport, airborne infrared remote sensing, upper-ocean processes, and coastal and estuarine dynamics.

I grew up north of Boston, Massachusetts. I attended Columbia University as an undergraduate and earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. It was there that I developed a strong interest in fluid dynamics. In 1992, I moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and began my graduate career at the Applied Physics Laboratory. I received a Masters in Engineering in 1994. Upon receiving a Ph.D. in 1999, I accepted a Postdoctoral Scholar Award at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. I have been a Doherty Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University since October 2003.

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