Walter C. Oechel, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at San Diego State University, along with the Coordinator for the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology with the University of California Davis, Director of the Global Change Research Group, and Academic Director of the Field Stations Program. His research currently focuses on developing and understanding the predictive capability of the interconnections of terrestrial, atmospheric, and marine systems on global change. He focuses primarily in the Arctic (Alaska, Russia), the Pacific Basin (including Baja California Sur, Mexico, Indonesia), and the semi-arid ecosystems of Italy and San Diego. He incorporates a small research aircraft, eddy covariance towers, soil measurements, remote sensing, and modeling in his research programs. He leads a highly active research group with funding averaging $1.4 million/year, and he advises 8 Ph.D. students and several Master's and undergraduate students.
New At GCRG
Weather reports from some of our tower sites are now available. Weather Reports
Read and view Dr. Walter Oechel's 2006 interview on ABC World News Tonight. Dr. Oechel talks about the Arctic's role in global climate change from his research site in the Alaskan tundra at Point Barrow.
Written transcript of TV story aired Saturday, Feb 18th.
Video of TV story - approx. 2 minutes
Extended video interview with Dr. Oechel - approx. 4 minutes
CONAHEC web site Educational Program for Atmospheric Science Education in the San Diego/Tijuana/Ensenada Border Region
2004 NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars Dr. Walter C. Oechel is one of eight scientists selected to receive NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Click below for details.
SDSUniverse Web Site
National Science Foundation
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Data On Line Near real time and historical data from a network of internet connected research sites is now available on line. Meteorological and carbon flux data for research sites in the Alaskan Arctic tundra, San Diego chaparral, and Cardon/Larrea desert at La Paz, BCS, Mexico can be accessed from our
On Line Data Pages
Note:These pages are still under constuction so please bear with us.
Related pages also available:
La Paz Tower Site
Photos of the La Paz Tower Site