Role of the ocean in climate and extreme weather.
Tropical cyclone-ocean interaction.
Gregory Foltz, PhD.
Oceanographer, Physical Oceanography Division
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
“A sustained and evolving tropical Atlantic observing system is crucial for building scientific knowledge and sustaining and advancing forecasts and projections of severe weather, global climate variability, and climate change.”
Dr. Gregory Foltz is an oceanographer and AOML’s lead principal investigator of the Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) Northeast Extension. His research is concentrated primarily on tropical cyclone-ocean interaction and tropical climate variability and change and their links to the ocean. Dr. Foltz’s work has contributed to improved understanding of ocean mixed layer dynamics in the tropics and the impact of ocean temperature and salinity stratification on tropical cyclone intensification. He also works closely with NOAA’s operational centers to transition research to operations in order to improve weather and climate forecasts and assessments. Dr. Foltz serves as an editor of the Journal of Physical Oceanography and as a member of the PIRATA Science Steering Group and CLIVAR’s Atlantic Region Panel.
1999, B.A. Physics, Colby College, Waterville, ME
2003, Ph. D. Meteorology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Dissertation title: Tropical Atlantic Seasonal Variability
Balaguru, K., G.R. Foltz, L.R. Leung, and S.M. Hagos. Impact of rainfall on tropical cyclone-induced sea surface cooling. Geophysical Research Letters, 49(10):e2022GL098187, https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GL098187 2022
Da, N.D., and G.R. Foltz. Interannual variability and multiyear trends of sea surface salinity in the Amazon-Orinoco plume region from satellite observations and an ocean reanalysis. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 127(5):e2021JC018366, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JC018366 2022
Lee, S.-K., H. Lopez, G.R. Foltz, E.-P. Lim, D. Kim, S.M. Larson, K. Pujiana, D.L. Volkov, S. Chakravorty, and F.A. Gomez. Java-Sumatra Niño/Niña and its impact on regional rainfall variability. Journal of Climate, 35(13):4291-4308, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0616.1 2022
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) Early Career Scientist Award 2015
For outstanding research in the earth and space sciences and for international research cooperation.