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Richard Signell


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Rich Signell is a research oceanographer at the US Geological Survey in Woods Hole. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Engineering with a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 1983, obtained a MS in Physical Oceanography from MIT in 1987, and a PhD from the WHOI/MIT Joint Program in Physical Oceanography in 1989.   Early work at the USGS focused on dispersion and transport in coastal waters, and included the hydrodynamic simulations for the relocation of Boston’s sewage outfall to clean up of Boston Harbor.  He has worked on a number of environmental sediment issues, including Massachusetts Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, and Long Island Sound.   He also worked for the NATO Undersea Research Center in La Spezia, Italy from 2001-2004.    Rich has a long-standing interest in data management, analysis and visualization, promoting standards and standards-based modeling tools for the last 20 years. 

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Standards, tools and techniques for analysis, visualization and distribution of earth science data



There has been an explosive grown in the use of numerical models for research, forecasting and environmental decision making in the coastal ocean and having standards-based access to this model data is critical to develop information management systems that allow integrated access to both modeled and observed data. To develop this access requires not only developing the technology, but bridging the gap between the oceanographic research community and the information technology community.  

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Richard Signell
384 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
508-457-2310 - Fax
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