Larry Atkinson, Ph.D.

Eminent Professor and Samuel L. and Fay M. Slover Professor of Oceanography

Old Dominion University







Dr. Larry P. Atkinson is the Samuel and Fay Slover Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University. He received his B. S. and M.S.  in 1964 and 1967, respectively, from the University of Washington in Seattle.  He received his Ph. D. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada in 1972. He is a member of the Oceanography Society, the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union,  the Marine Technology Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a Fellow of the AAAS. He was editor of Oceanography (1993-1997) and Editor (1988 – 1990) and Senior Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans (1990-1992). He is the author or co-author of over 90 reviewed publications.  He   served on and was chair of the Department of Interior Science Advisory Committee for Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas production. He was chair of a national committee coordinating replacement of the fleet of oceanographic research ships in the US. From 1991 to 1994 he was with the inter-agency Ocean.US office creating the integrated ocean observing system for the US. His ocean observing activities continue both locally, nationally and internationally.  Those activities include promotion of a national system to measure ocean currents using radar and local and regional ocean observing.  He is chair of the NSF Ocean Observing Science Committee.   Recently he has done research in the offshore wind energy area. In 2010 he was assigned by his University President  to coordinate a climate change and sea level rise initiative.