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UH Oceanography Professor Honored by National Academy of Sciences

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Oceanography Professor David Karl received the prestigious Alexander Agassiz medal from the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 28.

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David Karl, left, with University of Hawai’i President M.R.C. Greenwood

Karl is a professor at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is recognized for his leadership in establishing multi-disciplinary ocean-observing systems for detecting significant changes in the ocean ecosystem.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected to receive the 2013 Alexander Agassiz Medal for excellence in oceanography. I thank the UH ʻohana, my students, post-docs and staff, and my many colleagues at UH and from around the world for their invaluable contributions to my career. With so many remaining scientific challenges, it should be a thrilling next decade,” Karl said.

Karl is perhaps best known for his work on the Hawaiʻi Ocean Time-series (HOT) program, which he co-founded. HOT made the significant discovery that climate change and the rising atmospheric carbon dioxide are making the ocean more acidic and affecting the ocean ecosystem. The finding was published and won widespread recognition.

Read more in the UH System Press Release.