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Biographical entry Meyers, Gary Albert (1941 - 2016)

Born
10 June 1941
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died
19 April 2016
Occupation
Physical oceanographer

Summary

Gary Meyers was an oceanographer who made significant contributions to the understanding of climate systems and in the design of observation systems and networks. His research interests included baroclinic Rossby waves, the variability of the Indian Ocean and its relationship to El NiƱo Southern Oscillation, and the series of ocean currents draining the Pacific into the Indian Ocean. He collaborated in the development of expendable bathythermographs to measure the oceans' subsurface salinity and temperature. This allowed the generation of maps of oceans' physical conditions to predict extent of rainfall and examine links between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Meyers was the research leader of the ten-year Tropical Oceans-Global Atmosphere program (1985-94). As Manager of the CSIRO Oceans and Climate Program (1997-2003) he worked with the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Navy to develop predictive models of Australia's seasonal climate and provide maps of temperature and salinity in oceans around Australia. Following his retirement from CSIRO, Meyers was the inaugural Director of the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) at the University of Tasmania.

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1975
Education - MSc, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, U.S.A.
1978 - 980
Career position - Postdoctoral Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California USA
1978
Education - PhD, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, U.S.A.
1980 - 1983
Career position - Assistant Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California USA
1983 - 1985
Career position - Senior Research Scientist ,CSIRO Division of Oceanography, Hobart
1985 - 1996
Career position - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, Tasmania
1996 - 2006
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, Tasmania
1997
Career position - Invitation Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
1997 - 2003
Career position - Manager, CSIRO Oceans and Climate Program
1998 - 2007
Career position - Science Advisory Committee, International Pacific Research Center
2003
Award - CSIRO Partnership Excellence Award
2004 - 2008
Career position - Founding Chairman, CLIVAR-GOOS Indian Ocean Panel, World Climate Research Program
2006
Award - Morton Medal, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
2006 - 2007
Career position - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, Tasmania
2007
Life event - Retired
2007 - 2009
Career position - Professor, Centre for Marine Science, University of Tasmania
2007 - 2009
Career position - Director, Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), University of Tasmania

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Macaulay, Craig, 'Dr. Gary Meyers: a man of science and humanity', Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, vol. 29, no. 2, 2016, pp. 42-4. Details

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