Oceanography The Official Magazine of
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Volume 26 Issue 01

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Volume 26, No. 1
Pages 25 - 27

FROM THE GUEST EDITORS • Introduction to the Special Issue on Upper Ocean Processes: Peter Niiler's Contributions and Inspirations

Luca Centurioni Dong-Kyu Lee
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Vision, knowledge, intuition, ingenuity, passion—the list could go on and on and still seem inadequate to describe the talents and the rich, complex personality of Pearn Peter Niiler (b. 1937, Tartu, Estonia, and d. 2010, San Diego, California). A world-renowned authority on ocean currents, his legacy will continue to exert a profound influence on the way we observe the ocean for many years to come.


Centurioni, L., and D.-K. Lee. 2013. Introduction to the special issue on upper ocean processes: Peter Niiler’s contributions and inspirations. Oceanography 26(1):25–27, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2013.01.


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