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Meet Dr. Laury Miller: Chief of the Satellite Altimetry Laboratory at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Image of Dr. Laury Miller Dr. Laury Miller, Chief of NOAA's Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry in Washington, joined the agency in 1985. His primary research interests include the use of satellite altimeter measurements to study equatorial dynamics; climate change; and sea level rise.

Dr. Miller documented the first altimeter observations of an El Niño, showing that Westerly Wind Bursts were responsible for the generation of Kelvin waves during the onset of an El Niño event. Recently he and co-author Bruce Douglas published a major paper, "Mass and Volume Contributions to the Twentieth-Century Global Sea Level Rise," in a 2004 issue of The Journal Nature, that helps to resolve controversies regarding the rate and causes of 20th Century global sea level rise.

In recognition of this accomplishment, Dr. Miller received a U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award in 2004. He also received a Gold Medal Award in 1997 for helping develop NOAA's operational El Niño prediction program, and a Silver Medal Award in 1987 for his contribution to the NOAA GEOdetic SATellite (GEOSAT) project.

Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio.