Reiss Named Director of NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center
NOAA has selected Arthur John “A.J.” Reiss, as the director of NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) in College Park, Maryland. OPC provides marine forecasts and critical decision support services for mariners, ensuring the safety of lives and vessels at sea by alerting to hazards like hurricane-force winds and high seas.
“The nation’s maritime shipping industry is a $2.1 trillion economic activity for the U.S., making accurate and reliable weather forecasts at sea economically critical,” said Grant Cooper, Ph.D., acting NCEP Director. “A.J.'s maritime expertise, leadership acumen, and reputation for building interagency and international relationships will ensure OPC continues to deliver the very best products and services for mariners.”
Reiss is a retired Navy Captain who served most of his career as a Meteorology and Oceanography officer including command of a maritime forecast center after early shipboard assignments. He most recently held the position of Division Director of the Ocean Sensing & Systems Application Division at the Office of Naval Research. In this role he was responsible for leading the development and implementation of improved marine data, forecast and analysis applications for forecasters. Prior to that, he served as the Naval Deputy to NOAA for the Oceanographer of the Navy in Washington D.C. and served as a key advisor to both NOAA and the Navy to facilitate a strong partnership on topics that included Arctic sensing and modeling, underwater unmanned systems, data sharing and budget.
Reiss earned his M.S. in Air & Ocean Physical Sciences from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in Oceanography and Meteorology from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a four-time recipient of both the Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal, and a two-time recipient of the Legion of Merit.