Jose-Henrique Alves

Jose-Henrique Alves

EPIC & JTTI Research Physical Scientist

Dr. Jose-Henrique Alves is a physical oceanographer supporting the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) Program at the Weather Program Office, NOAA Research (WPO/OAR). Jose-Henrique takes care of day-to-day management of contract activities and works to build coalitions with key stakeholders, representing EPIC within and outside NOAA.

Before joining the EPIC Team, Jose-Henrique led wave model development efforts at the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), US National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP/NOAA). He spearheaded a model development approach uniting forecasters’ requirements with the latest scientific knowledge, leveraging partnerships built from within the community-driven WAVEWATCH III model framework. In collaboration with the US Navy, Jose-Henrique established the world’s first multi-center wave ensemble system, which significantly improved the skill of wave guidance products available to the National Weather Service and the public.

Working with American and international scientists, Jose-Henrique implemented the first operational wave modeling system at NCEP using unstructured meshes. More recently, he led the EMC wave group to build the wave model components in the GFSv16 and GEFSv12 global forecast systems, the first coupled implementations of the Unified Forecast System (UFS) at the National Weather Service.

Jose-Henrique has a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography from the Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil), a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of New South Wales (Australia).