NPS-HNA-Chapman team wins the IMarEST Denny Medal

Endowed Professor Menas Kafatos, Director of the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations - Chapman University, Professor George Galanis, Director of the Mathematical Modeling and Applications Laboratory - Hellenic Naval Academy (HNA) Greece, Distinguished Professor Peter C. Chu, Chair of the NPS Department of Oceanography, and their collaborators have been awarded the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) 2017 Denny Medal for their publication Operational atmospheric and wave modeling in the California’s coastline and offshore area with applications to wave energy monitoring and assessment.

This medal is awarded annually, since 1893, by IMarEST Council, following recommendation from the Editorial Boards and the Proceedings Supervisory Board, to the best paper published in the Journal of Operational Oceanography and the Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology and is one of the marine engineering institute’s most prestigious awards.

The winning paper has been coauthored by George Galanis (HNA), Menas Kafatos (Chapman), Peter C. Chu (NPS), Nikolaos Hatzopoulos (Chapman), Evgenia Papageorgiou (HNA) and Aristotelis Liakatas (HNA) and presents a new integrated modeling system for atmospheric/wave forecasting focusing especially to the California near and offshore area. The system consists of state of the art numerical prediction models supported by a statistical module for bias reduction and local adaptation of the results and has been utilized for wave energy site assessment spotting areas of the California coastline with increased power potential appropriate for wave power plants installation.

The medal was delivered to the lead author of the paper George Galanis, Hellenic Naval Academy, during the award ceremony that was held on Friday, March 16 at London, UK. More info