Ray G. Peterson Papers, 1972-2004 (SMC 84)


Extent: 1 Linear feet (1 carton)

Correspondence and professional papers of oceanographer Ray G. Peterson, including research files on ocean currents.

Ray G. Peterson (1952-2001) received his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 1987 under Worth Nowlin, measuring the transport and dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current through the Drake Passage. Prior to that, he worked as a meteorologist for the US Navy. His research was based on observations from the cruises and moorings of the International Southern Ocean Studies (ISOS) program. He completed his postdoctoral work in 1988-1990 at the Institute fur Meereskunde in Kiel, Germany, under Gerold Siedler, measuring the circulation in the South Atlantic Basin from R/V Polarstern.

Peterson came to SIO in 1991 as an assistant research oceanographer and was promoted to associate research oceanographer in 1997. While at SIO he continued his studies of the circulation in the Southern Ocean, collaborating with Warren White on the Antarctic Circumpolar Wave, an oceanic/atmospheric wave circling the Southern Ocean, which was considered controversial at the time.

Peterson also worked with Janet Sprintall on establishing high-resolution XBT sections across the Drake Passage, and started a program of repeated temperature measurements from the US Antarctic supply vessel to Palmer Station. In addition to international collaborations with other scientists, he published what was probably the earliest work using ALACE (Autonomous Lagrangian Circulation Explorer) floats in the Southern Ocean. Closer to home, Peterson and Teresa Chereskin began a time series in the California Current using a free falling Conductivity, Temperature and Density (CTD) profiler called the "Fast Fish," developed by WHOI engineers under WOCE (World Ocean Circulation Experiment). He also worked with Russ Davis on the Lagrangian drifter measurements of the Mavinas Current.

A small collection of the correspondence and professional papers of Scripps Institution of Oceanography research oceanographer Ray G. Peterson, including his files on ocean currents, field reports, and project proposals.

Container List


Box 1 Folder 1-3
Teaching materials for Oceanography 608, 1985
Box 1 Folder 4-7
Dissertation with figures, 1985-1989
Box 1 Folder 8
Dissertation defense viewgraphs, undated
Box 1 Folder 9
Post-Doctoral Graduate Fellowship correspondence with Arnold Gordon, 1987
Box 1 Folder 10
Pressure gauges article and viewgraphs, undated
Box 1 Folder 11
Southern ocean data on viewgraphs, undated
Box 1 Folder 12
Research information and unpublished material, undated
Box 1 Folder 13-14
Malvinas paper - Data, notes, correspondence and drafts, 1972-1996
Box 1 Folder 15
Abyssal Boundary Cruise Studies (ABCS): Cruise paper, 1986
Box 1 Folder 16
Results and data from FRAM (Fine Resolution Antarctic Model), 1990
Box 1 Folder 17
Antarktis X/5: Cruise report, 1992
Box 1 Folder 18
Indian Ocean Cruise: Correspondence and data, 1995
Box 1 Folder 19
Inter-American Institute (IAI) for Global Change Research: Workshop and reports, 1996 August
Box 1 Folder 20
South Atlantic Climate Change draft, 1996 October
Box 1 Folder 21
Reports and newsletters from the WOCE and the Argentine Navy, 1996-1999
Box 1 Folder 22
Western South Atlantic Circulation Experiment, 1999 January
Box 1 Folder 23
South Western Atlantic Circulation Experiment, 2000 January
Box 1 Folder 24-25
Conferences, meetings, and contributions, 1993-2000
Box 1 Folder 26
Notes, 1997-2001
Box 1 Folder 27-30
Proposal applications and research, 1998-2000