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James N. Moum selected as Fellow of The Oceanography Society

For outstanding contributions to widely used observational techniques and understanding of ocean mixing over a broad range of processes and scales

Grant and Award Announcement

The Oceanography Society

James N. Moum

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The Oceanography Society (TOS) congratulates Dr. James N. Moum (Professor of Physical Oceanography, Oregon State University) on his selection as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society. The citation on Dr. Moum's certificate recognizes him for outstanding contributions to widely used observational techniques and understanding of ocean mixing over a broad range of processes and scales. Dr. Moum will be formally recognized on February 13, 2018, during a ceremony at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

In the nominating letter, Dr. Moum's colleagues wrote, "Jim has energetically pursued and brought his unique perspective and abilities to the study of ocean fluid dynamics over more than 30 years, elucidating the ways by which turbulence affects processes that operate over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. His insight and relentless quest to describe ocean phenomena in their most fundamental form has revealed the elegant simplicity of complex physical problems."

A supporting letter submitted by Dr. Lars Umlauf (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research) states "At Oregon State University, Jim leads the very productive Ocean Mixing Group that has developed into a mecca for ocean turbulence research, where the state of the art in ocean mixing is defined and the agenda for new topics is set. The creative ideas and techniques developed by his group have inspired the work of scientists world-wide, and it is fair to say that anyone working for a longer time in this area of oceanography has been influenced either directly or indirectly by Jim's work. Ph.D. students and post-docs are attracted by the reputation and vibrant working atmosphere of the group, and help to disseminate new research ideas and approaches across the globe."

Dr. Moum received his Ph.D. in physics (1984) from the University of British Columbia and BASc (1978) and MASc (1979) degrees in engineering from the University of Toronto.


The TOS Fellows program recognizes individuals who have attained eminence in oceanography through their outstanding contributions to the field of oceanography or its applications during a substantial period of years. The next nomination deadline is October 31, 2018. To learn more about The Oceanography Society and the TOS Fellows program, visit:

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to advance oceanographic research, technology, and education, and to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education. TOS promotes the broad understanding of oceanography, facilitates consensus building across all the disciplines of the field, and informs the public about ocean research, innovative technology, and educational opportunities throughout the spectrum of oceanographic inquiry. TOS welcomes members from all nations. Any individual, business, or organization interested in ocean sciences is encouraged to join and to participate in the activities and benefits of the society.

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