Houston Local Chapter of the AMS

November 2005 Newsletter


Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 16th, 2005



Dinner & Meeting Location:

    Olive Garden Italian Restaurant *

10830 Northwest Freeway

Houston, TX 77092

Phone:  (713) 682-1465


* One Lucky Participant will win a $25 Olive Garden Gift Certificate!



Time(s): 6:00 PM (Dinner) / 7:00 PM (Meeting)


Meeting’s Theme & Topic:


Oceanography meets Meteorology!


 Speaker: Dr. Robert Stewart: Texas A&M Department of Oceanography

Dr. Stewart has been on the Texas A&M University faculty since 1989 (TAMU bio). Prior to A&M, Dr. Stewart had a joint appointment between Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Cal Tech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he was a project scientist for Topex/Poseidon. He is an expert on radio scatter from the sea surface, satellite altimetry, satellite oceanography, and on the use of HF radar. Dr. Stewart has been, and still is, an active member of the Topex/Poseidon Science Team, the Topex/Poseidon Extended Mission Science Team, the Jason Science Team, and the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team. Through these teams, he has become very familiar with the world's meteorological agencies’ large scale experiment to forecast ocean currents up to a month in advance, or the GODAE, Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment.


Lately, Dr. Stewart has been mainly involved in teaching at all levels.

He has written a book on physical oceanography:


He is also currently writing an oceanography book:  


Dr. Stewart can be found on the internet at “Ask Dr. Bob”. This NASA-funded Ocean-World website allows anyone to shoot off oceanography questions to him. While he answers most in a timely manner, he sometimes has to deal with that lazy “slash” cheater element. Dr. Bob aids them, as well, by pointing them in the right direction, or toward the pertinent link. Dr. Bob puts it best by stating, “I find a lot of very curious students out there (on the Web) who really have an interest and are trying to find out something to arouse their curiosity.”




Upcoming 2006 Conferences:



86th Annual AMS Meeting



January 29 - February 2, 2006, Atlanta, GA



27th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

24–28 April 2006, Monterey, CA


Chapter Web-site: www.amshouston.org

National web-site: http://www.ametsoc.org/


Reminder: DUES ARE DUE!



Contact Information:

Feel free to contact any of the officers for comments, questions, suggestions or even additions to the newsletter.  We would appreciate hearing from you.


President Bill Read

Ph: 281-534-2157 (Ext:222)

email: bill.read@noaa.gov


Vice President Anthony Yanez

Ph: 713-778-8950



Secretary Patrick Blood

Ph: 281-337-5074 (Ext:304)

email: pgblood@yahoo.com


Treasurer Brian Planz

Ph: 713-430-7100

email: penst8wx@houston.rr.com


Or e-mail the Local Chapter: houstonams@houston.rr.com


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