Christopher J. Zappa

Christopher Zappa is a Lamont Research Professor in Ocean and Climate Physics, and a Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences. His research interests include air-sea interaction, wave dynamics and wave breaking, effect of near-surface turbulence on heat, gas, and momentum transport, infrared remote sensing, upper-ocean processes, coastal and estuarine processes. Prior to joining Columbia in 2003, he received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, where he also accepted a Postdoctoral Scholar Award. He received his Masters in Engineering in 1994 from the University of Washington.

Fields of Interest

Air-sea interaction, wave dynamics and wave breaking, effect of near-surface turbulence on heat, gas, and momentum transport, infrared remote sensing, upper-ocean processes, coastal and estuarine processes.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1999
  • M.S.E., University of Washington, 1994
  • B.S.M.E., Columbia University, 1992

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar 2018
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award 2004 to 2007
  • Lorenz B. Straub Award 2001
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Scholar Award 1999-2002