This website is abouut Oceanography and particularly about air-sea interactions.

Oceanography Breakdown

Oceanography, also known as oceanology, is the study of the physical and biological aspects of the ocean. It is an important Earth science, which covers a wide range of topics, including ecosystem dynamics; ocean currents, waves, and geophysical fluid dynamics; plate tectonics and the geology of the seafloor; and fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries.

Physical oceanography is the study of physical conditions and physical processes within the ocean, especially the motions and physical properties of ocean waters.

Physical oceanography focuses on describing and understanding the evolving patterns of ocean circulation and fluid motion, along with the distribution of its properties such as temperature, salinity and the concentration of dissolved chemical elements and gases.

Chemical Oceanography is fundamentally interdisciplinary. The chemistry of the ocean is closely tied to ocean circulation, climate, the plants and animals that live in the ocean, and the exchange of material with the atmosphere, cryosphere, continents, and mantle.

Much of chemical oceanography describes the cycling of these elements both within the ocean and with the other spheres of the Earth system. These cycles are usually characterized as quantitative fluxes between constituent reservoirs defined within the ocean system and as residence times within the ocean.

Geological Oceanography is the study of the ocean floor. This branch of earth science is focused on the geological structure and topography of the ocean floor and the natural processes that create and modify these features. Scientists specializing in this field apply oceanographic principles and techniques to uncover important geological events that have occurred millions of years ago, as well as to predict those likely to occur in the future. 

In terms of structure, geological oceanographers study the effects of the movement of the earth’s lithospheric plates, which results in sedimentary deposits and the formation or destruction of the ocean floor.

Biological Oceanography is a field of study that seeks to understand what controls the distribution and abundance of different types of marine life, and how living organisms influence and interact with processes in the oceans.O

Biological ceanographers study all forms of life in the oceans, from microscopic plants and animals to fish and whales. In addition, biological oceanographers examine all forms of oceanic processes that involve living organisms. These include processes that occur at molecular scales, such as photosynthesis, respiration, and cycling of essential nutrients, to largescale processes such as effects of ocean currents on marine productivity.


I am a under graduate student at the University of Hawaii at SOEST studying Meteorology & Coastal Oceanography.


Surf Forecaster

2006 – 2019

Location Honolulu, Hawaii

This was my own company, where I created a surf forecasting website with ColdFusion/Flash, and I also created and maintained a surf climate database for Oahu, Hawaii.

I created the website & set up the sever completely by scratch, which was based in ColdFusion, and Flash. I managed and maintained the ColdFusion Server & MySQL database, and set up up the DNS. Basically, everything that a hosting prover would do for you!

I used ColdFusion to generate XML to be used for flash. The project also used Flash to display & graph the results using XML.

Towards the ending of the project, I started to use flash remoting (AS 3) with ColdFusion instead of XML for working with the data.

My objective was to sell detailed surf forecasts to interested people planning a trip here to Oahu. I creating a surf calculator, to forecast the surf conditions for any beach on Oahu. I also planned to sell the surf forecasting results (surf climates) to interested parties.

This website went bust, to to a lack of support from advertisers, and sales.

Climatologist Assistance

Hawaii State Climate Office

2001 – 2005

Location Honolulu, Hawaii

I worked for the state Climatologist Helping to create a rainfall database for the state of Hawaii. This project used Adobe Flash so that the user could click on the rainfall station on the website and get the data that day so desired. At the time this website was created it was the only climate data resource dad had just sort of functionality on the Internet.

The project turned the older paper records into digital a format for the Hawaii Rainfall Project.

My portion of this project was to create the database and did Analysis of the data to create a maximum and minimum rainfall pattern for the state of Hawaii. This data was used to update the rainfall atlas for Hawaii.

I also provided climate information and prepared climate data that people requested through the Hawaii State Climate Office. Working add to Hawaii State climate office allowed me to learn how to perform scientific research, as well as learn about the rainfall patterns in the state of Hawaii.


University of Hawaii at Manoa

Atmospheric Science

2001 -2006

I studied Meteorology with an emphasis on Oceanography (Marine Meteorology) and I focused on creating mathematical models for ocean wave forecasting.

Besides Meteorology and Oceanography, I Focused heavily on Applied Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, Mathematical Modeling,…)

San Diego City College

Associate in Arts in Graphic Design


While a student at San Diego City College, I have learned a wide range of skills, including photography, typography, digital media, branding, and graphic design. I placed special focus on web design & development.

Volunteer Experience

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Surf Forecasting Research Assistant

1998- 2001

I was lucky enough to have a volunteer position whiling attending community college to work at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). I helped the Coastal Oceanography division as an ocean wave (swell propagation) research. It was part of a 3-year study to study the surf at Black’s and Scripps beach.

My position was to help felicitate their intranet, organize files, and help with surf forecasting based on NCEP Reanalysis data. It was a great position, and I wouldn’t be the surf forecaster that I am today without this position.

John Barrett
John BarrettCEO & Founder
Experienced Research Student with a demonstrated history of conducting atmospheric & oceanographic research.

Skilled in Mathematical Modeling, Matlab, Python, Java, Hydrodynamics, Numerical Simulation, and Data Analysis.

Strong research professional with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science with a focus in Oceanography. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Physical Oceanography at the University of Hawaii. I am studying surf dynamics.