Keynote Speaker OCEANS 2024

Dr. Meghan Cronin is co-chair of the Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS) programme of the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development that is developing a practical, integrated approach to observing air-sea exchanges associated with the energy, water, carbon and life cycles. A research oceanographer at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle WA USA, she leads the Ocean Climate Stations group that maintains two OceanSITES surface moorings in the North Pacific, including at the nearly 20-year-old Kuroshio Extension Observatory (KEO) and at Station Papa, where an Ocean Weather Ship held station from 1949-1981.

In addition to being the co-chair of the OASIS UN Ocean Decade Programme and the Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR)’s OASIS Working Group, she serves as a panel member of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC) for the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)/Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)/World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and is a member of the OceanSITES Executive Committee, and a member of the International Steering Group for the Second Cooperative Study of Kuroshio and its Adjacent Regions (CSK-2). Her research interests include air-sea interactions, tropical and western boundary current dynamics, and use of blue water moored surface buoys and innovative technologies like Uncrewed Surface Vehicles for multi-disciplinary research. Dr. Cronin has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. In 2023, she became a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

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