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10:38 a.m., Nov. 21, 2011--Victor Klemas has three top 10 hits, but they’re not on AM radio. Three of his papers were among the 10 most-viewed articles in the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) during 2011. The list appeared in the July issue of Just CERFing, the newsletter of the Coastal Education & Research Foundation, which also publishes the JCR.

Klemas, professor emeritus in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware, specializes in remote sensing and global environmental change.

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The first of the three papers, ranked third and viewed 800 times, discusses his use of remote sensing technology to track oil slicks and predict their trajectories. The paper uses the Sea Princess and Deepwater Horizon oil spills as case studies.

In the second paper, Klemas documents his application of the technique to predicting and determining coastal storm impacts. Ranked eighth, that paper was accessed 471 times.

The third article is an overview of remote sensing techniques for studying coastal ecosystems. It was viewed 424 times, qualifying it for tenth place in the list.

In addition to the papers, Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change, a book by Samuel Purkis of Nova Southeastern University and Klemas, has been well received. 

One reviewer wrote, “The authors are able to teach and fascinate at the same time.” Another commented, “This book is invaluable for undergraduate and graduate teaching, while providing a good overview of the technology to a manager or scientist.”

Published by Wiley-Blackwell, the book sold out of its first print run of 3,000 and will now be printed in larger numbers.

“The coastal community’s response to Vic’s papers and his recent book is a testament to his reputation as an international scholar in the field of remote sensing,” says Nancy Targett, dean of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. “It is also a credit to the Delaware Sea Grant program, which supports much of his research.”

About Victor Klemas

Victor Klemas is professor emeritus in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. He received a doctorate in optical physics from the University of Braunschweig in Germany and joined the UD faculty in 1971. He directed UD’s Applied Ocean Science Program from 1981-98, and he has co-directed UD’s Center for Remote Sensing for more than 30 years. 

He has served on six scientific committees of the National Research Council and received a number of awards, including, in November 2010, the Science Prize of the Republic of Lithuania. The honor recognized his lifetime achievements in applying remote sensing and other advanced techniques to study coastal ecosystems.

Publication Details for the Klemas Papers

  • “Tracking Oil Slicks and Predicting Their Trajectories Using Remote Sensors and Models: Case Studies of the Sea Princess and Deepwater Horizon Oil Spills,” Vol. 26(5), September 2010, p. 789.
  • “The Role of Remote Sensing in Predicting and Determining Coastal Storm Impacts,” Vol. 25(6), November 2009, p. 1264.
  • “Remote Sensing Techniques for Studying Coastal Ecosystems: An Overview,” Vol. 27(1), January 2011, p. 1264.

About the Journal of Coastal Research

The Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) is one of the leading international journals for coastal studies and processes. It is published bi-monthly by the Coastal Education & Research Foundation (CERF). By covering the entire field of coastal research, the JCR encompasses all subjects relevant to natural and engineered environments (freshwater, brackish, or marine) and the protection/management of their resources in the vicinity of coastlines of the world.

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