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Dr. Rick Lumpkin's research focuses on upper ocean processes and ocean circulation. He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii in 1998 and conducted a postdoctorate at the French institute IFREMER in 1998-2000. Lumpkin then worked as an assistant in research at Florida State University, where in collaboration with Kevin Speer he developed an inverse model of the global meridional overtuning ("conveyor belt") circulation from hydrographic data, current meter moorings and air-sea heat and freshwater flux estimates. In 2004, Lumpkin became a federal employee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research laboratory Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida.
As scientific director of NOAA's Global Drifter Program (GDP) at AOML, he oversees a global array of ~1250 satellite-tracked drifting buoys measuring ocean temperatures and surface currents, and has used these data to write a number of peer-reviewed publications.
Lumpkin is also a co-chair of the Prediction and Research moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) Science Steering Group. PIRATA is an international project between Brazil, France and the United States that maintains an array of moored buoys in the tropical Atlantic, including the US-led PIRATA Northeast Extension in the main development region of Atlantic hurricanes, and aims to better understand the climate dynamics of the region.
Lumpkin has served as chief scientist on a number of oceanographic research cruises. He also helped design "Ocean Currents" displays in the Sant Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He recently joined the US CLIVAR panel on Phenomenon, Observations and Synthesis and the Climate.gov science advisory board.