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Professor Nick Shay Receives Award for Hurricane Research

Shay was honored for the work on oceanic impacts and air-sea interactions during tropical cyclones

MIAMI—University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Professor Lynn “Nick” Shay was recently honored with the Richard H. Hagemeyer Award by the Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology. Shay was presented with the award at the 70th Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference in Miami. He joins a prestigious list of previous awardees from the Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology. 

Shay received the award for his research using experimental research from aircraft in coupled ocean-atmosphere measurements during hurricanes as well as combining in-situ data with satellite altimetry measurements to develop an evaluated ocean heat content product suite that is used in hurricane forecasting models of intensity at the National Hurricane Center and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. The daily space-based ocean heat content product suite is used in operations at NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) for the North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean basins.

"The work that Nick Shay and his team have performed, and continue to perform, is absolutely vital to the viability of NOAA's suite of satellite-derived Oceanic Heat Content products,” said David Donohue, NOAA scientist with the NESDIS.

A professor in the UM Rosenstiel School’s Department of Ocean Sciences, Shay’s research include experimental and theoretical investigations of the ocean response and coupled air-sea interactions during hurricanes, oceanographic profiling of upper ocean variability using expendables and floats, coastal oceanographic process studies, and high-frequency and satellite radar remote sensing to examine the linkages between surface signatures and upper ocean structure. These activities are housed within the Upper Ocean Dynamics Laboratory at the Rosenstiel School. He has authored over one hundred peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and has chaired or served on over thirty student committees.

The Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology is an interdepartmental office established between Congress and the Executive Office of the President to coordinate federal meteorological activities. It is comprised of fifteen federal departments and agencies currently engaged in meteorological activities to ensure effective use of federal meteorological resources by leading the systematic coordination of operational weather requirements and services, and supporting research, among the federal agencies.

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About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School

The University of Miami is one of the largest private research institutions in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is

Professor Lynn Nick Shay

Professor Lynn Nick Shay, Department of Ocean Sciences presented the Richard H. Hagemeyer Award by the Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology at the 70th Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference in Miami. He joins a prestigious list of previous awardees from the Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology.

Photo: Diana Udel, UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

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