Ferris Webster is Professor of Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment of the University of Delaware. He was born in Canada and received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physics at the University of Alberta. He obtained a Ph.D. in Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961. Beginning then at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he held a number of scientific positions, becoming Senior Scientist in 1970, Chairman of the Physical Oceanography Department in 1971, and Associate Director for Research in 1973. During this period, he spent a sabbatical year at the National Institute of Oceanography in England.
Between 1978 and 1982, Dr. Webster served as Assistant Administrator for Research and Development of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 1982, he became a Senior Fellow with the National Research Council. He joined the University of Delaware in 1983, where he serves as Director of the Oceanography Program. Since 1994 he has served as chairman of the Panel on World Data Centers of the International Council for Science.
His research interests include the role of the ocean in climate change, ocean variability, time-series analysis, and oceanographic data management and processing. He has contributed to the study of time-variable ocean currents, and has studied the processes of Gulf Stream meanders. Most current work involves data management and computer-based information management systems for the Global Observing Systems.
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
University of Delaware
Lewes, DE 19958
Tel. (1+302) 645-4266
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