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Albert J. Semtner
Professor Emeritus
Mail Code: OC/Se
Department of Oceanography
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3267
Email: sbert (at)
PhD - Princeton Univ, 1973
MA - Univ of California, Los Angeles, 1968
BS - California Institute of Technology, 1963
  • Professor (tenured 1988), Dept of Oceanography, NPS
  • 1986 - present - Professor, Dept of Oceanography, NPS
  • 1987 - present - Affiliate Scientist with NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO)
  • 1980 - 1986 - Scientist II-III in the Climate Section, NCAR
  • 1976 - 1976 - Scientist I-II in the Oceanography Section, NCAR
  • Numerical methods of ocean/atmosphere modeling
  • Ocean and sea-ice dynamics
  • Development of global ocean models
  • Data comparisons
  • Predictability studies
  • 1995, Elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
  • 1993, Smithsonian Leadership Award in Breakthrough Computational Science
  • 1992, Naval Postgraduate School Research Recognition Award
  • 1989, Cray Research Inc. Gigaflop Performance Award
  • Coordinator of Ocean Modeling Research for the DOE CHAMMP Program
  • Advisory Council of the NSF Climate Modeling and Analysis Program
  • Steering Committee for NSF's OAII Program in Arctic System Science
  • Modeling Steering Committee for a US Ocean CLIVAR Program
  • Scientific Program and Evaluations Committee for UCAR and NCAR
  • Interagency Allocation Panel of the Climate Simulation Laboratory
  • NCAR Scientific Computing Division Advisory Panel (Chairman)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Climate
  • Boening, C., and A.J. Semtner, 2001: High-resolution Modelling of the Thermohaline and Wind-driven Circulation, Chapter 2.2 of The World Ocean Circulation Experiment (Eds. J. Gould and J. Church), Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 59-77.
  • Semtner, A.J., 1995: Modeling Ocean Circulation. Science, 269, 1397-1385
  • Semtner, A.J., 1997: Introduction to "A numerical method for the study of the circulation of the World Ocean". J. Computat. Phys., 135, 149-153
  • Semtner, A.J., 2000: "Ocean and Climate Modeling" Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, 43, 4, 80-89
  • Zhang, Y., and A.J. Semtner, 2001: The Antarctic Circumpolar Wave in a High-resolution Ice-Ocean Simulation, Annals of Glaciology, 33, 539-544
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