Scientific Name: Carcharhinus leucas
Date Tagged: February 19, 2011
Location Tagged: Western Bahamas
Total Length (TL): 245cm
The Story Behind the Name: Whether he’s soaring above the sky-blue waters in a helicopter, or sitting behind his new desk as Dean of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Dr. Roni Avissar is a force to be reckoned with.
Throughout his distinguished career Avissar’s work has been funded by various federal agencies, private industry, and international organizations. Over the past 15 years, he has conducted extensive research on the deforestation of the Amazon River basin and its effect on regional and global weather and climate patterns. His research continues to contribute greatly to the improvement of weather forecasting (including hurricanes) and climate models. Together with Dr. Robert L. Walko, a senior scientist who has also joined him at the Rosenstiel School, they have developed the Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Model (OLAM), a new-generation of weather forecasting and climate model. Avissar also developed the Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP) that is uniquely equipped to observe the environment near the Earth’s surface.
The SRC research team is excited to continue our work with the support of such an esteemed and charismatic scientist.
To learn more about Dr. Avissar, visit the Dean’s Welcome at http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/about-rsmas/welcome/.
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