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Peter C Chu

Chair
Oceanography
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-3688

Overview

Dr. Peter C. Chu obtained his Ph.D on Geophysics from the University of Chicago in 1985. He joined the Department of Oceanography of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1986 as an Adjunct Professor. He was appointed as an Associate Professor in 1992, tenured in 1998, promoted to Professor in 2000 and to Distinguished Professor in 2011. He has been the Chair of the Department of Oceanography since 2012. He established the Naval Ocean Analysis and Prediction Laboratory at NPS, conducted basic and applied research toward objective analysis on ocean observational (in-situ and remotely sensed) data and accurate prediction on ocean environment such as circulation, waves, mesoscale eddies, and thermohaline structure on local, regional, and global scales, including the impact of ocean environment on decision making to support Naval Operations such as mine warfare, undersea warfare, and antisubmarine warfare. He has supervised more than 80 students in the METOC, PO, and USW curricular. Moreover, he is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and served as the Co-Chief Editor of Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology (2009-2015) and Editor-in-Chief of The Open Remote Sensing Journal. He is the Chair of the UNESCO/IOC Global Temperature and Salinity Profile Program (GTSPP). He published 3 books and more than 188 refereed journal papers.
Education
  • PhD - University of Chicago 1985
Other Experience
  • Co-Chairman, Commander, Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic Command CNMOC) Independent Modeling Review Panel
  • Co-Chairman, Military Operations Research Society WG-16 (Military Environmental Factors)
  • Principal Investigator, Projects sponsored by ONR, NAVO, CNO-N6M, NASA, SPAWAR, NOAA, JIEDDO
  • 1998 Visiting Professor, University of California Santa Cruz
  • 2004 - 2005 Secretary, Asia Oceania Geophysical Society Oceanography Section
  • 1985 - 1986 Research Associate, University of Chicago
  • 1980 - 1985 Research Assistant, University of Chicago
  • 1978 - 1980 Research Assistant, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research Interests
Naval Ocean Analysis and Prediction
P-vector Inverse Method
3D Mine Impact Burial Prediction
First Passage Time for Model Predictability
Ocean Optimal Spectral Decomposition (OSD)
Three-Point Sixth-Order Numerical Schemes
3D Underwater Bomb Trajectory Prediction
Teaching Interests
Naval Ocean Analysis and Prediction
Numerical Air-Ocean Models
Air-Sea Interaction
Ocean Dynamics
Statistical Data Analysis
Geospatial Information Systems and Services
Satellite Oceanography
Mapping, Charting and Geodesy
Modeling and Simulation in Ocean Environment

Awards

  • 2018 - Fidelity Award, International Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
  • 2018 - Denny Medal, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
  • 2011 - Distinguished Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2010 - Fellow, American Meteorology Society
  • 2009 - Meritorious Award for Research, GSEAS, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2000 - Outstanding Instructional Performance Award, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1999 - Keynote Speaker, Oceanology International 99, Singapore
  • 1998 - Outstanding Research Achievements Award, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1996 - President Guest Lecturer, Taiwan Naval Academy, Kao Hsiung, Taiwan
  • 1992 - Outstanding Research Achievements Award, Naval Postgraduate School

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • Editor, Elsevier Oceanography Series, Vol 57, Deep Convection and Deep Water Formation in Oceans
  • Co-Chairman, CNMOC Independent Modeling Review Panel
  • 2009 Office of Naval Research BAA Review Panel
  • 2007 Office of Naval Research BAA Review Panel
  • 2006 Office of Naval Research BAA Review Panel
  • 1990 Organizer, International Monterey Colloquium on Deep Convection and Deep Water Formation in the Ocean
  • 2009 - 2015 Co-Chief Editor, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, American Meteorological Society
  • 2008 Editor-in-Chief, Open Remote-Sensing Journal
  • 2008 Editorial Board, International Journal of Oceanography
  • 2008 Scietific Advider , Intergovernment Oceannographic Commision (IOC) Global Temperature and Salinity Profile Program Working Group
  • 2007 Editorial Board, The Open Civil Engineering Journal
  • 2007 Editorial Board, The Open Ocean Engineering Journal
  • 2007 Panel Member, ONR Review Panel on Coastal Geosciences
  • 2007 - 2008 Editor, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
  • 2005 - 2005 Scientific Advisor, Third International Symposium on Air Quality Management at Urban, Regional, and Global Scales & 14th International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) Regional Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2003 - 2003 International Scientific Advisor, International Symposium on Clean Environment, Cheonan, Korea
  • 2003 - 2003 Scientific Adviser, International Symposium on Clean Environment, Cheonan, Korea
  • 2003 Asia Oceania Geophysical Society
  • 2003 - 2005 Scientific Program Committee, Asia and Oceania Geophysical Society
  • 2002 Associate Editor, Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology
  • 2002 Board of Directors, Society of Counter-Ordnance Technology
  • 2002 Board of Directors, The Society for Counter-Ordnance Technology
  • 2002 - 2004 Secretary, Ocean and Atmospheric Section, Asia-Oceania Geophysical Society
  • 2001 - 2001 Member, International Council for Sciences, Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research, Working Group-111
  • 2000 Member, The Society for Counter-Ordnance Technology
  • 2000 - 2000 Panel Member, NASA Physical Oceanography Peer Review Board
  • 1998 - 2006 Associate Editor, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
  • 1997 - 1997 Panel Member, Environmental Effects, Military Operations Research Society
  • 1996 - 1996 Organizing Committee, International Workshop on Polar Processes in Global Climate, American Meteorological Society, Cancun Mexico
  • 1996 - 2001 Associate Editor, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 1996 - 2000 Co Chairman, Commander, Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic - Command Independent Modeling Review Panel
  • 1996 - 1998 Scientific Working Group, NSF/ONR Sponsored Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean Project
  • 1995 - 1995 Organizing Committee, the Fourth Polar Meteorology and Oceanography Conference, American Meteorological Society, Dallas, Texas
  • 1995 Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic Command - Oceanographic and Atmospheric Master Library Review Board
  • 1995 - 1997 Member, Scientific and Technological Activities Commission Committee on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, American Meteorological Society
  • 1995 - 1997 Scientific and Technological Activities - Commission Committee on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, American Meteorological Society
  • 1994 - 1998 Scientific Committee, International South China Sea Monsoon Experiment
  • 1992 - 1994 Panel Member, Earth in Space, American Geophysical Union
  • 1988 Associate Editor, Advances in Atmospheric Sciences
  • 1988 Founding Member, The Oceanography Society
  • 1987 The International Association for Physical Sciences of the Oceans
  • 1987 The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
  • 1986 American Geophysical Union
  • 1980 Fellow, American Meteorolgical Society
  • 1980 American Meteorological Society