Dr. James Potemra has been honored with a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Presidential Award for Outstanding Service. This award recognizes Potemra’s outstanding service, heart-felt dedication, and noble contributions as a valued member of the campus community.
Dr. Potemra has been instrumental in developing programs and addressing key challenges in physical oceanography data application at national and international levels. His work includes contributing to the development and management of the Asia-Pacific Data Research Center (APDRC); providing environmental data to the worldwide community, which was recognized by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology; and assisting Japanese leadership with post-2011 East Japan tsunami data modeling. He helped build the data management system for the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) from scratch into an application used for optimum cargo ship routing and ocean rescue; acted as co-principal investigator with colleagues on the Hawai‘i Ocean Time Series and the Aloha Cabled Observatory program; and maintained the Pacific El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Applications Center in an advisory role to NOAA. Potemra continues to be a leader in his discipline and actively engaged in campus and community initiatives through the faculty senate executive committee and other advisory roles. Read more in the SOEST News and UH Mānoa 2020 Awards. Congratulations!