Florida State University oceanography professor Allan Clarke grew up in a coastal town in southern Australia where he loved the ocean, the beach and the warmth of thesun. Little did he know that his fondness for that beautiful coastline would one day lead him to become an international expert on physical oceanography, climate dynamics and El Nio.
In a symbol of the professional esteem with which he is regarded by his peers, Clarke has been named the winner the American Meteorological Society's 2012 Sverdrup Gold Medal Award, granted each year to a researcher who makes outstanding contributions to the scientific knowledge of interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere. In winning the award, he was cited for "fundamental contributions to the dynamics of ocean currents and air-sea interaction with particular emphasis on El Nio/Southern Oscillation."
"I was thrilled beyond belief to win it was fantastic," Clarke said, his Australian accent still so crisp it could win him a spot in an Outback Steakhouse commercial.
Clarke is the Adrian E. Gill Professor of Oceanography and a Distinguished Research Professor at FSU. His professorship is named after his beloved former professor and mentor, who was an expert in atmosphere-ocean dynamics.
Along with Florida State research associate Steve Van Gorder, Clarke has been predicting El Nio monthly since 2003. (See http://ocean.fsu.edu/faculty/clarke/clarkeelnino.html.) Those predictions have been provided to the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and have also been used in Australia to help farmers better grow their crops. Florida produces much of the U.S. winter vegetables and fruit, and Clarke is planning to apply his climate knowledge to help Florida growers.
As a boy growing up in southern Australia, Clarke loved to play cricket and Australian rules football. He also played such a m
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