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Physical oceanography, surface and internal wave characteristics, ocean currents, fluid mechanics, geophysical fluid dynamics, ocean optics, coastal dynamics, modeling and simulation, data analysis, El Nino and related large scale dynamics Not an expert in marine biology (some in bioluminescence) or chemical oceanography

Experience in the area

26 years as professional scientist for research company working mostly on Navy and other government contracts. Projects included modeling, simulations and data analysis related to Non-acoustic Anti-submarine Warfare (NAASW). Other projects included remote sensing of ocean features, statistical analysis of ship tracks, ocean optics instrumentation development, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and sonar (SAS).


Journal of Physical Oceanography, 1984, "A Numerical Model for Low-Frequency Equatorial Dynamics" (with M. Cane)


MS Physical Oceanography, MIT, 1981 BS Applied Math, UC Berkeley, 1976

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Currently an Expert for All Experts in Advanced Math

What do you like about this subject?

The oceans are a unique environment and affect all of us on a planetary scale. The study of oceanography includes both familiar, local phenomena (surf, currents, tides) as well as large scale processes (circulation, El Nino, global warming) that require innovative modeling and analysis of diverse data sets.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I am working to deploy an instrument capable of measuring suspended particlal sizes and settling rates in order to provide information on how much the ocean can remove carbon from the atmosphere which affects green house gas levels and global warming.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Large-scale processes such as those that control currents and El Nino events are due to waves, hundreds to thousands of miles in extent, generated by the ocean reacting to changes in its spin (Coriolus force) instead of the more familiar surface waves (surf) corresponding to gravitational forces.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Low-frequency acoustic tests in the ocean, some conducted overs 1000's of miles, are controversial because people believe that the "intense" sound levels harm marine mammals. In reality, the acoustic transmitters and receivers use a coded pulse that spreads the energy of the signal over a relatively long time interval thus reducing the source levels to those of a humpback whale.

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Recent Answers from randy patton

2016-12-15 Science fair project:

I'm afraid this isn't my area of expertise. Nonetheless, my observation is that the amount of non-biodegradable material in the ocean, and the fact that it can be observed even in the most remote areas

2016-10-09 Hurricane Matthew impact:

My expertise is not in marine biology but I'll try to answer. As I understand it, the recent algal blooms in Florida were caused by the release of fertilizer laden water (due to runoff into catch basins)

2016-08-28 Megalodon:

Hi Tegan,    My expertise is in physical oceanography, not marine biology or paleontology, so I'm sorry I cannot provide an authoritative answer to your question.    Nonetheless, I suggest you Google megalodon

2016-07-24 Density:

In a gravitational field, yes.     This is sort of technical but density really refers to a concentration of MASS. A golf ball has more mass/volume ( = density ) than a ping-pong ball. We usually refer

2016-07-23 Density:

Basically density means how heavy an object is for a given size. As an example, compare a ping-pong ball (low density --> light) with a golf ball (higher density --> heavier). Since the 2 types of balls


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