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Ron Kwok

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Contact Info:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 300-235
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818.354.4321
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Biography:

Ronald Kwok is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. His research interests include the mass and energy balance of the Arctic and Southern Oceans' sea ice cover and the role of sea ice in global climate. Dr. Kwok received NASA’s Exceptional Science Achievement Medal for his work on the circulation of Arctic Ocean sea ice. He has authored over 100 journal articles and 9 book chapters. He received his PhD degree from Duke University, Durham, NC, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Dr. Kwok is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meterological Society.


Education:

PhD (1980) from Duke University, Durham, NC
BS (summa cum laude, 1976) from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


Research Interests:

Sea ice and global climate.


Professional Experience:

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Senior Research Scientist/ Technical Group Supervisor, Polar Remote Sensing Group, Radar Science and Engineering Section. (2001-present)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Technical Group Supervisor, Polar Remote Sensing Group, Radar Science and Engineering Section. (1996-2000)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Technical Group Supervisor, SAR Systems Development and Processing Group, Radar Science and Engineering Section. (1990-1996)


Selected Publications:

Drucker, R., S. Martin, and R. Kwok, "Sea ice production and export from coastal polynyas in the Weddell and Ross Seas," Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, pp. L17502. September 2011.

Schweiger A., R. Lindsay, J. Zhang, M. Steele, H. Stern, and R. Kwok, "Uncertainty in sea ice volume," J. Geophys. Res., 116, pp. C00-D06. August 2011.

Kwok, R., "Observational assessments of Arctic Ocean sea ice motion, export, and thickness in CMIP3 climate simulations," J. Geophys. Res., 116, pp. doi:10.1029/2011JC007004. August 2011.

van Angelen, J. H., M. R. van den Broeke, R. Kwok, "The Greenland Sea Jet: A mechanism for wind-driven sea ice export through Fram Strait," Geophys. Res. Lett., volume 38. June 2011.

Kwok, R. and G. F. Cunningham, "Deformation of the Arctic Ocean ice cover after the 2007 record minimum in summer ice extent," CRST. May 2011.

Kwok, R., "Satellite remote sensing of sea ice thickness and kinematics: A review," J. Glacio., volume 56, pp. 200. May 2011.

Kwok, R. and N. Untersteiner, "The thinning of Arctic sea ice," Phys. Today, 64(4), pp. 36-41. March 2011.

Kwok, R., and N. Untersteiner, "New High-Resolution Images of Summer Sea Ice," EOS Trans. AGU, (7), pp. 53-54. March 2011.

Kwok, R. and J. Morison, "Dynamic topography of the ice-covered Arctic Ocean from ICESat," Geophys. Res. Lett., 38. January 2011.

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