The Eugene LaFond Medal

 Eugene LaFond Medal recipient 2009

The 2009 Eugene LaFond Medal was awarded to Dr. Bamol Ali Sow from Senegal for his oral presentation "Simulation of the Senegalese and Mauritanian Upwelling: How are the Winds actually Driving SST Variability and Water Mass Renewal?" in the IAPSO symposium "Deep Ocean Exchange with the Shelf" during MOCA-09.

The work is an important contribution to the study of the Senegalese and Mauritian upwelling in the tropical Atlantic. It enlightens the role played by Ekman and coastal currents in maintaining the high SST variance of this zone. The results substantially contribute to the knowledge of an area where physical process studies are lacking and will aid the research on physical and biological interactions in a place where fishery is an important resource.