Director of COAPS and Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University - USA
Eric Chassignet is distinguished professor in the department of Earth, Ocean, and Science Atmospheric and the director of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), a center of excellence that promotes interdisciplinary research in ocean-atmosphere-land-ice interactions to increase our understanding of the physical, social, and economic consequences of climate variability. His research emphasis is on the role of the ocean in the earth system from the complementary perspectives of earth system modeling and observations. He is especially interested in the study of western boundary currents, associated eddies, the thermohaline circulation, and their impact on the world ocean circulation.
For the past 20 years, Prof. Chassignet has been the coordinator of a broad partnership of institutions (academic, government, and industry) to develop and demonstrate the performance and application of high resolution, real-time global and basin-scale ocean prediction systems using the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM). These systems are currently used operationally by the U.S. Navy at the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), Stennis Space Center, MS, and by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Washington, D.C.