Justin StopaAssistant Professor

  • 808-956-6818
  • 2540 Dole Street, Holmes Hall 405
    Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
  • stopa@hawaii.edu

Marine forecasting / hindcasting, data analysis applications in geophysical datasets, oceanic remote sensing, spectral wave models, wind and wave climate

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  • ORE203 Surf Science and Culture
  • ORE607 Wave Mechanics
  • ORE680 Ocean Engineering and Resilience in a Changing Climate

Professional Interests and Expertise

  • Marine forecasting and hindcasting
  • Data analysis applications in geophysical datasets
  • Oceanic remote sensing
  • Spectral wave models
  • Wind and wave climate
  • Sea state hazards and extreme events

Professional Experience

  • 2018 Assistant Professor – University of Hawai`i at Manoa, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Department of Ocean Resources and Engineering (ORE)
  • 2018 Research oceanographer – University of New Hampshire
  • 2015-2017 Research oceanographer – Laboratory of Ocean Physics and remote sensing (LOPS) composed of University of Brest, CNRS, IRD, and Ifremer
  • 2014-2015 Post-doctoral researcher through Labex-MER hosted at LOPS

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013 Ph.D. University of Hawai`i at Manoa, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Department of Ocean Resources and Engineering: “Periodicity and patterns of the global wind and wave climate”
  • 2007 MS University of Hawai`i at Manoa, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (ABET accredited), Department of Ocean Resources and Engineering: “Effect of wind resolution on spectral wave modeling in the Hawaii region”
  • 2007 Passed Fundamentals of Engineering
  • 2005 BA Mathematics, College of New Jersey; Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2016 Post-doctoral Fellowship in Marine Sciences with LABEX MER
  • 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • 2004-2005 NOAA Education Partnership Program (EPP)
  • 2003-2005 Dean’s List

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Stopa, J. E., P. Sutherland, F. Ardhuin, 2018. The strong and highly variable push of ocean waves on Southern Ocean sea ice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, In-press, doi:10.1073/pnas.1802011115

Ardhuin, F., J. E. Stopa, B. Chapron, F. Collard, M. Smith, J. Thompson, M. Doble, B. Blomquist, Ola Persson, C. O. Collins III, 2017. Measuring ocean waves in sea ice using SAR imagery: A quasi-deterministic approach evaluated with Sentinel-1 and in-situ data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 189, Feburary. Doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.11.024.

Stopa, J. E., A. Mouche, 2017. Significant wave heights from Sentinel-1: validation and applications. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, doi:10.1002/2016JC012364

Stopa, J. E., F. Ardhuin, and F. Ardhuin, 2016. Wave climate in the Arctic 1992-2014: seasonality and trends, The Cryosphere. doi:10.5194/tc-2016-37.

Stopa, J.E., F. Ardhuin, R. Husson, H. Jiang, B. Chapron, and F. Collard, 2016. Swell dissipation from 10 years of Envisat ASAR in wave mode. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2015GL067566

Stopa, J.E., F. Ardhuin, F. Collard, and B. Chapron, 2015. Estimating wave orbital velocities through the azimuth cut-off from space borne satellites. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JC011275

Stopa, J.E., F. Ardhuin, A. V. Bababin, and S. Zieger. 2015. Comparison and validation of physical parameterizations in spectral wave models. Ocean Modelling, Special Issue on Ocean Waves, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2015.09.003

Stopa, J.E., and K. F. Cheung, 2014. Intercomparison of Wind and Wave Data from the ECMWF Reanalysis Interim and the NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis. Ocean Modelling, 75, 65-83.

Stopa, J.E., K. F. Cheung, M. A. Garces, and N. Badger, 2012. Atmospheric infrasound from nonlinear wave interactions during Hurricanes Felicia and Neki of 2009. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 117(C12017), doi: 10.1029/2012JC008257.

Stopa, J.E., K. F. Cheung, and Y-L. Chen. 2011. Assessment of wave energy resources in Hawaii. Renewable Energy, 36(2), 554-567.

Research Experience and Projects

  • 2015-2017 Ifremer, Plouzane France – Laboratoire d’Oceanographie Physique et Spatiale (LOPS) – wave processes in the MIZ, wave hindcasting, processing synthetic aperture radar data, wind and wave climate funded by ONR Sea State and Boundary Layer Physics of the Emerging Arctic and SWARP FP7 EU
  • 2014-2015 Ifremer, Plouzane France – Post-doctoral scholar Laboratoire d’Oceanographie Spatiale – spectral wave models, studying air-sea interactions of ocean waves, non-breaking swell dissipation, winds and waves from synthetic aperture radar, wave-ice interaction funded by LabexMER
  • 2011-2013 UH Manoa, Honolulu, HI: NOAA PacIOOs – development and operation of an automated wave forecast model across the Pacific : oceanforecast.org, http://oos.soest.hawaii.edu/pacioos/
  • 2009-2013 UH Manoa, Honolulu, HI: Infrasound Laboratory (ISLA) – assessment of infrasonic signals created from nonlinear wave interactions
  • 2007-2013 UH Manoa, Honolulu, HI: Natural Energy Laboratory University of Hawaii at Manoa through the Department of Energy – wave energy resource assessment in Hawaii
  • 2005-2007 UH Manoa, Honolulu, HI: Office of Naval Research ENDEAVOR project: development and operation of an automated wave forecasting model
  • 2004-2005 The National Weather Service, Honolulu, HI: NOAA Education Partnership Program – Evaluation of forecast winds in the Hawaiian Islands
  • 2003-2004 Washington DC: NOAA Education Partnership Program, National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, Office of Research and Development- remotely sensed ocean winds