Christopher J. Zappa

Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
Earth and Environmental Sciences
204E Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8547
(845) 365-8157
Fields of interest: 
Air-sea interaction, wave dynamics and wave breaking, effect of near-surface turbulence on heat, gas, and momentum transport, infrared remote sensing, upper-ocean processes, coastal and estuarine processes.
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
University of Washington
University of Washington
Columbia University
Honors & Awards: 
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award 2004 to 2007
Lorenz B. Straub Award 2001
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Scholar Award 1999-2002
Lamont/DEES Student List: 
Alejandro Cifuentes-Lorenzen, University of Connecticut
Yong Zhao, Yale University
Referenced in the Following News Items: 
Selected Publications: 
Tidal and atmospheric influences on near-surface turbulence in an estuary, Orton, P.M.; Zappa, C.J.; McGillis, W.R. , Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 115, (2010), 10.1029/2010JC006312

Sea breeze forcing of estuary turbulence and CO2 exchange, Orton, P.M.; McGillis, W.R.; Zappa, C.J. , Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 37, (2010), 10.1029/2010GL043159

Rain-induced turbulence and air-sea gas transfer, Zappa, C. J.; Ho, D. T.; McGillis, W. R.; Banner, M. L.; Dacey, J. W. H.; Bliven, L. F.; Ma, B.; Nystuen, J. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Jul 9, Volume 114, p.-, (2009), Doi 10.1029/2008jc005008

Retrieval of short ocean wave slope using polarimetric imaging, Zappa, C. J.; Banner, M. L.; Schultz, H.; Corrada-Emmanuel, A.; Wolff, L. B.; Yalcin, J. , Measurement Science & Technology, May, Volume 19, Issue 5, p.-, (2008), Doi 10.1088/0957-0233/19/5/055503

Environmental turbulent mixing controls on air-water gas exchange in marine and aquatic systems, Zappa, C. J.; McGillis, W. R.; Raymond, P. A.; Edson, J. B.; Hintsa, E. J.; Zemmelink, H. J.; Dacey, J. W. H.; Ho, D. T. , Geophysical Research Letters, May 17, Volume 34, Issue 10, p.-, (2007), Doi 10.1029/2006gl028790

Sea surface temperature signatures of oceanic internal waves in low winds, Farrar, J. T.; Zappa, C. J.; Weller, R. A.; Jessup, A. T. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Jun 20, Volume 112, Issue C6, p.-, (2007), Doi 10.1029/2006jc003947

High-resolution airborne infrared measurements of ocean skin temperature, Zappa, C. J.; Jessup, A. T. , Ieee Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Apr, Volume 2, Issue 2, p.146-150, (2005), Doi 10.1109/Lgrs.2004.841629

Air-sea CO2 exchange in the equatorial Pacific, McGillis, W. R.; Edson, J. B.; Zappa, C. J.; Ware, J. D.; McKenna, S. P.; Terray, E. A.; Hare, J. E.; Fairall, C. W.; Drennan, W.; Donelan, M.; DeGrandpre, M. D.; Wanninkhof, R.; Feely, R. A. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Aug 28, Volume 109, Issue C8, p.-, (2004), Doi 10.1029/2003jc002256

Influence of rain on air-sea gas exchange: Lessons from a model ocean, Ho, D. T.; Zappa, C. J.; McGillis, W. R.; Bliven, L. F.; Ward, B.; Dacey, J. W. H.; Schlosser, P.; Hendricks, M. B. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Jul 1, Volume 109, Issue C8, p.-, (2004), Doi 10.1029/2003jc001806

Microbreaking and the enhancement of air-water transfer velocity, Zappa, C. J.; Asher, W. E.; Jessup, A. T.; Klinke, J.; Long, S. R. , Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Aug 27, Volume 109, Issue C8, p.-, (2004), Doi 10.1029/2003jc001897

Variation in surface turbulence and the gas transfer velocity over a tidal cycle in a macro-tidal estuary, Zappa, C. J.; Raymond, P. A.; Terray, E. A.; McGillis, W. R. , Estuaries, Dec, Volume 26, Issue 6, p.1401-1415, (2003)