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James O\'Brien

James O'Brien

Professor Emeritus, Meteorology and Oceanography, Florida State University

Phone: (850) 644-4581

Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), Florida State University.
2035 E. Paul Dirac Dr., 200 RM Johnson Bldg.,
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2840



Ph.D. Meteorology, Texas A&M University, College Station Texas, 1966

Research Interests:

Research is directed principally toward understanding upper ocean dynamics on time scales of several days of several years. Models of the equatorial circulation, upper ocean and ice-ocean interaction have been developed. The equatorial modeling research has described El Niño dynamically. His research group is composed of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research assistants that use the supercomputing facilities at FSU and elsewhere.

Publications List:

  • 2005: A new weather generator based on spectral properties of surface air temperatures. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 135, 241-251 (with Schoof, J. T., Arguez, A., Brolley, J.)
  • 2005: Air-Sea Coupling during the tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean -- a case study using satellite observations. Pure and App. Geophys., 162, 1643-1672 (with Subrahmanyam, B., V. S. N. Murty, R. J. Sharp)
  • 2006: Interannual variability of Tehuantepec eddies. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, doi: 10.1029/2005JC003182 (with Zamudio, L., Hurlburt,, H. E., Metzger, E. J., Morey, S. L., Tilburg, C. E., Zavala-Hidalgo, J.)
  • 2006: The role of an advanced land model in seasonal dynamical downscaling for crop model application. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 45(5), 686-701 (with Shin, D. W., Bellow, J. G., LaRow, T. E., Cocke, S.)
  • 2006: Influence of multi-step topography on barotropicwaves and consequences for numerical modeling. Ocean Modeling, 14, 45-60, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2006.03.002 (with Dukhowskoy, D. S., Morey, S. L.)
  • 2006: Modeling studies of the upper ocean response to a tropical storm. Ocean Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s10236-006-0085-y (with Morey, S. L., Bourassa, M. A., Dukhovskoy, D. S.)