Springer recently published the book „Seventy Years of Exploration in Oceanography – A Prolonged Weekend Discussion with Walter Munk“.
The editors are Prof. Dr. Hans von Storch, Director at the Institute for Coastal Research of the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht, and Prof. emeritus Dr. Klaus Hasselmann, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg.
The book documents an interview with the eminent oceanographer and geophysicist Walter Munk, who is one of the "grand old men" of oceanography. The book covers many key issues, such as ocean-wave prediction and ocean acoustic thermography. As a highly prominent scientist who has influenced many present day key oceanographers, Munk´s career covers 70 years of practice, beginning about 1940 and continuing to the present. Walter Munk was born in 1917 in Vienna. Following his long career, he is now professor emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, USA.
Munk was a long-standing member of the scientific advisory council of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. His ideas and suggestions influenced and inspired the oceanography there as well as at the University of Hamburg.
After having received many awards and honors for his work, he has now become the Crafoord Prize Laureate for 2010 “for his pioneering and fundamental contributions to our understanding of ocean circulation, tides and waves, and their role in the Earth´s dynamics".. The Crafoord Prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with the goal of honoring scientists from basic science disciplines which are not covered by the Nobel Prize.
Link to the publisher
Link to the press release of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Dr. Hans von Storch
Institute for Coastal Research of the GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht
Tel.: +49(0)4152 87 1831
Prof. Dr. Klaus Hasselmann
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Tel.: +49(0)40 41173 301 (Secretary, Cornelia Sengbusch)