Edgar L Andreas
Senior Research Scientist
NorthWest Research Associates, Inc.
Lebanon, New Hampshire

It is with regret that we inform you that Ed Andreas passed away on 30 September 2015. We will miss him for his original and careful scientific thinking. He was a kind person and a classic gentlemen in all regards. If you need to contact someone at NWRA, please email Joan Oltman-Shay, President of NWRA at j.oltman.shay@nwra.com or call 425 556 9055 x0.

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     Ed Andreas has four primary research interests, all tied together by his fundamental interest in turbulent transfer processes in the atmospheric boundary layer. These four areas are 1) air-sea interaction and the effects of sea spray on air-sea heat, moisture, and momentum transfer in high winds; 2) polar meteorology and air-sea-ice interaction; 3) scintillation and electro-optical propagation in the atmospheric boundary layer; and 4) fundamental turbulence issues such as Monin-Obukhov similarity theory, fluid dynamics, time series and spectral analysis, and measurement physics. Ed has done theoretical work, experimental work, and modeling in all four areas.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Air-sea-ice interaction
  • Air-sea interaction
  • Sea spray generation
  • The role of sea spray in air-sea exchange in high winds
  • Atmospheric boundary layer
  • Leads and polynyas
  • Inferring the turbulent surface fluxes from scintillation
  • Atmospheric turbulence
  • Micrometeorology
  • Similarity theory
  • Time series analysis
  • Measurement physics
  • Technical writing

Current Projects:
  • Analyzing atmospheric surface flux measurements from SHEBA (the experiment to study the Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean), Ice Station Weddell, and other polar experiments to study the spatial variability of the surface fluxes and the mean meteorological conditions and to develop bulk turbulent and radiative flux algorithms for sea ice (see http://www.weather.nps.navy.mil/~psguest/sheba/ and http://www.eol.ucar.edu/isf/projects/sheba/). (Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.)
  • Theoretical, analytical, and modeling studies on air-sea exchange at small scales, especially on the role of sea spray in heat, moisture, and momentum transfer in hurricane-strength winds. Studies of spray icing of fixed structures. (Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.)

Notable Contributions and Highlights from Past Projects:
  • Member of the 1981 Weddell Polynya Expedition that made the first deep penetration into the Antarctic ice pack (on the Soviet icebreaker Mikhail Somov)
  • Participated in deploying the first manned research station on Antarctic sea ice, Ice Station Weddell (ISW) in 1992, and was in charge of the American meteorological program on ISW (This drifting ice camp paralleled the track of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance.)
  • Between September 1997 and October 1998, spent 17 weeks in the field participating in SHEBA and leading SHEBA's Atmospheric Surface Flux Group

  • B.A., 1969, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, Physics
  • M.S., 1971, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Physics
  • Ph.D., 1977, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Physical Oceanography

Other Professional Information:
  • Memberships in Professional Organizations:
    • American Geophysical Union, Life Member
    • American Meteorological Society, Fellow
    • Royal Meteorological Society, FRMetS
  • International Experience:
    • Chaired the American Meteorological Society's Committee on Boundary Layers and Turbulence and was the program chairperson for the 11th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence (Charlotte, North Carolina, March 1995)
    • Chair of the AMS's Committee on Air-Sea Interaction, 2009-2011
    • Co-chaired the AMS's 15th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction (Portland, Oregon, August 2007)
    • Co-chaired the AMS's 16th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction (Phoenix, Arizona, January 2009)
    • Member of the World Climate Research Programme's Working Group on Surface Fluxes, 2004-2007
    • Member of two Ph.D. thesis advisory committees for students at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
    • Have made presentations at scientific meetings and institutions in Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, The Netherlands, Russia, and Switzerland
    • Have co-authored papers with scientists from Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Republic of South Africa, Russia, and Switzerland
  • Awards:
    • 1986-1987, National Research Council Associateship at NOAA's Wave Propagation Laboratory (now NOAA/ESRL)
    • 1990, CRREL Research and Development Achievement Award
    • 1992, Army Research and Development Achievement Award
    • 1992, 1995, 2000, awards for technical writing from the Boston and Northern New England Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication (STC)
    • 1993, award for technical writing in the STC's International Technical Publications Competition
    • 1993, Antarctica Service Medal
    • 2004, designated a Fellow of the Royal Meteorlogical Society
    • 2007, recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Sterling High School, Sterling, Illinois
    • 2013, named a Fellow of the American Meteorlogical Society
  • Additional: Lead author of 83 papers published in refereed journals