Ignite Talks by Kate Thompson Bosley

Kate Thompson Bosley


Kathryn (Kate) Thompson Bosley is currently serving as Oceanographer and Chief of Operations for NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services Field Office in Chesapeake, VA. She studied physics as an undergraduate at State University of New York, College at Cortland which steered her towards oceanography. She obtained a MEng in Applied Physics from Cornell University and later enrolled in the PhD program in Physical Oceanography at Columbia University. She was awarded a Secretary of the Navy Office of Naval Research Fellowship and began thesis work under the direction of Dr. Arnold Gordon at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory. Upon completing her PhD in 1991, she then joined NOAA's National Ocean Service.

Over the last 20 years she has been involved in field studies, predictive model development, and in the test and evaluation of oceanographic sensors for operational use in NOS' real-time monitoring systems. She is the recipient of two Department of Commerce Bronze Medals for Superior Federal Service, one for her work with the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTSĀ®), the other for implementing a nowcast/forecast system for the Chesapeake Bay. In 2004 Dr. Bosley was named National Ocean Service Employee of the Year for shepherding the operational transition of a bridge clearance monitoring system.


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