The Eugene LaFond Medal

 

Eugene LaFond Medal recipient 2013

The 2013 Eugene LaFond Medal is awarded to Dr. Issufo Halo from Mozambique for his  oral  presentation  "Eddy properties in the Mozambique Channel: a comparison between observations and 2 numerical ocean circulation models"  on July 26, 2013 in the IAPSO symposium "Integrated Environmental Modeling: Regional Climate and Ocean Modeling " during the IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Joint Assembly “Knowledge for the future” in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Using a newly designed eddy detection algorithm, the work reveals the preferred site of formation of eddies in the northern part of the Mozambique Channel as well as their propagation pathways southwards, and gets insights into the physical processes responsible for their formation and variability. The research substantially contributes to the study of transport in this area and provides a methodology suitable for other areas of the ocean.