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Jeffrey D. Paduan
Professor and Dean of Research
Mail Code: OC/Pd
Department of Oceanography
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3350
Email: paduan (at)
PhD - Oregon State Univ, 1987
BS - Univ of Michigan, 1982
  • 2008-Present: Professor
  • 1991-2007 Assistant and Associate Professor
  • Instructor for graduate-level oceanography courses
  • Conducting research using satellite-tracked drifting buoys and shore-based HF radar
  • Associate Professor Adjunct Associate Professor, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Jan 1991 - June 1991 - Assistant Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. Conducted research using satellite-tracked drifters to study the horizontal structure of temperature and current in the northeast Pacific Ocean.
  • Served as Global Drifter Center manager for the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE
  • 1987 - 1991 - Postdoctoral Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. Conducted research using satellite-tracked drifters to study offshore-flowing, cold-water jets off the coast of California and horizontal current and temperature structure in the northeast Pacific Ocean
  • 1982 - 1987 - Graduate Research Assistant, Physical Oceanography, Oregon State University, Corvallis. Conducted research in air-sea interaction using upper-ocean measurements of currents and temperatures and surface meteorological observations
  • Presented results (oral and written) at internationally attended conferences. Participated in research cruises.
  • 1980 - 1982 - Research Assistant, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor, MI. Performed computer programming and field duties in support of research on the circulation of the Great Lakes and dispersion of oil and toxic chemicals
  • Ocean mesoscale (eddies)
  • General circulation theory
  • Descriptive physical oceanography
  • Ocean remote sensing
  • Ocean surface currents and air-sea interactions using direct measurements from shore-based high frequency (HF) radar systems and satellite-tracked drifting buoys.
  • Specific interests include diurnal-period coastal currents driven by tides and sea breeze, and coastal ocean model validation.
  • Appt., AMS Committee on Meteorology and Oceanography of the Coastal Zone, January 1997
  • Editor's Excellence in Reviewing Award, Journal Geophysical Research, August 1997
  • Research Recognition Award, NPS, April 1994
  • Teaching Recognition Award, NPS, October 1994
  • Best Student Paper Award for Oceanography, American Geophysical Union, December 1986
  • Committee on Meteorology and Oceanography of the Coastal Zone, American Meteorological Society
  • Chair, Ocean.US Surface Current Mapping Initiative Steering Committee
  • Past President, Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) Governing Board
  • Board Member, California Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • Appointed member of the Science Advisory Team for the State of California's Ocean Protection Council
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Paduan, J.D., K.C. Kim, M.S. Cook, and F.P. Chavez, 2006: Calibration and validation of direction-finding high frequency radar ocean surface current observations. IEEE J. Oceanic Engin., 10.1109/JOE.2006.886195, 862-875.
  • Paduan, J.D., and I. Shulman, 2004: CODAR data assimilation in the Monterey Bay area. J. Geophys Res., 109, C07S09, doi: 10.1029/2003JC001949.
  • Petruncio, E.T., J.D. Paduan, and L.K. Rosenfeld, 2002: Numerical simulations of the internal tide in a submarine canyon. Ocean Modelling, 4, 221-248.
  • Pickett, M., and J.D. Paduan, 2003: Wind stress curl and related upwelling in the California Current System from high resolution COAMPS reanalysis fields. J. Geophys Res., 108, 25-1 to 25-10.
  • Paduan, J. D., and Rosenfeld, L. K., 1996: Remotely Sensed Surface Currents in Monterey Bay from Shore-Based HF Radar (CODAR), J. Geophys. Res., 1010, 20669-20686.
  • Keywords: Physical Oceanography, Ocean Current, Air-Sea Interaction, Sensors, HF Radar

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