The Prince Albert I Medal

Prince Albert I Medal recipient 2005

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schott, Kiel University

Prof. Friedrich SchottThrough a unique and brilliant combination of major observational programs and dynamical insight, Prof. Friedrich Schott of Kiel University has unraveled the basic physics and the variability of many key regions of the World's oceans. In particular, his descriptions of the circulation of the Indian Ocean and the subtropical Atlantic, along with their western boundary currents, have provided the foundation for further large scale international programs on the role of the ocean in climate. He has emphasized the unsteadiness of the large scale circulation, with investigations of the seasonal and longer-term variability of the Florida Current and the Somali Current among others, and the discovery of previously unsuspected features. Prof. Schott has also been a leader in observing and understanding the key processes of deep convection in the Labrador, Greenland, and Mediterranean Seas.

Prof. Schott is known for his discovery, with Hank Stommel, of the "beta spiral," a fundamental feature of ocean currents, and has made major contributions to our understanding of higher frequency phenomena such as internal tides.

Prof. Schott has been a tireless contributor and leader in international programs such as the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and the Climate Variability and Predictability Study (CLIVAR), and in spearheading Germany's major contributions to these programs.

As a sea-going scientist, a dynamical oceanographer, and an international leader, Prof. Schott is without peer and a very worthy recipient of the third Prince Albert I Medal for Excellence in the Physical and Chemical Sciences of the Ocean.

Fritz Schott passed away on 30 April 2008.