Maul, George

Professor, Head of Dept.
Marine and Environmental Systems

Educational Background

Ph.D. University of Miami

Recognition & Awards


Fellow, American Meteorological Society

Fellow, Marine Technology Society

Professional Experience

After graduating with honors from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and earning a U.S. Merchant Marine OfficerÂ’s License, George Maul spent nine years on active duty and held ranks from ensign to lieutenant commander as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. For the next twenty-five years he was a research oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at their Atlantic Oceanographic and Metrological Laboratory, and served as Adjunct Professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of MiamiÂ’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Since 1994 he has been professor of oceanography and department head of DMES at Florida Tech.

Dr. Maul served two terms as vice chairman of the Subcommission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. He was founding chairman of the IOCARIBE Group of Experts on ocean processes and climate, is chairman of the IOCARIBE Tsunami Science Steering Group of Experts, founded the regional IOCARIBE sea level network, and was chairman of the United Nations Environment Programme Joint Task Team on Climatic Changes in the Wider Caribbean Region. He has served as a consultant to the Organization of American States for CPACC – Caribbean: Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change, and to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the IPCC.

Professor Maul has been Chief Scientist on numerous oceanographic cruises, and has published over 100 refereed articles and book chapters on oceanography and meteorology, 30 technical reports, 60 abstracts, and seven books.

During his tenure with NOAA he earned five Outstanding Performance Awards and three Distinguished Authorship Awards.

At Florida Tech he teaches physical oceanography, meteorology, hydrographic surveying, and earth system science; he created their meteorology, hydrographic engineering, and Earth remote sensing programs, and founded the UniversityÂ’s Center for Remote Sensing. In 1997 he was named College of Engineering Teacher of the Year by the Florida Tech Student Government, and in 1998 he earned the Faculty Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Maul serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Earth System Science Education, Marine Geodesy, and Remote Sensing of Environment, and was co-director of INSMAP Â’86, Â’90, Â’94, and '98, the international symposia on marine positioning. In 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the Marine Technology Society, and in 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He is also a member of Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society), the American Geophysical Union, Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), Phi Beta Delta, and the Florida Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Maul is active in developing FloridaÂ’s coastal ocean observing system. He is the 2008-2009 chairman of the Florida COOS Consortium, serves on the Board of Advisors of the Southeastern Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), is a member of the SURA (Southeastern Universities Research Association) Coastal Research Committee, is the Florida Tech representative to the Florida Institute of Oceanography, and to the Florida Ocean Alliance.

Selected Publications

Proenza, X.W., and G.A. Maul. Tsunami Hazard and Total Risk in the Caribbean Basin. Science of Tsunami Hazards , 29(2), pp: 70-77.

Maul, G.A., and H.J. Sims, 2007. Florida Coastal Temperature Trends: Comparing independent datasets. Florida Scientist, 70(1), pp: 71-82.

Maul, G.A., 2005. Small Islands. In: M. Schwartz (editor), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp: 883-888.

Maul, G.A., 2003. Ocean Wind System. In: Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Marine Sciences, Grolier Academic Reference, Danbury, pp: 400-406.

Maul, G.A., A.M. Davis and J.W. Simmons. 2001. Seawater Temperature Trends at USA Tide Gauge Sites. Geophy. Res. Lett., 28(20): 3935-3937.

Pratt, R.W. and G. A. Maul, 2000. Sea Surface Height Variability of the Intra-Americas Sea from Topex/Poseidon Satellite Altimetry: 1992-1995. Bull. Mar. Sci., 67(2): 687-708.

Mooers, C.N.K. and G.A. Maul, 1998. Intra-Americas Sea Circulation. In: The Sea, Vol. 11. Wiley and Sons, New York, pp. 183-208.

Maul, G.A., M. Bushnell, N.J. Bravo and D.V. Hansen, 1997. Observed Sea Surface Height and Modeled Dynamic Height Anomaly Departures in the Tropical Pacific Ocean. Oceanologica Acta, 20(4): 569-584.

Maul, G.A. (editor), 1996. Small Islands: Marine Science and Sustainable Development. American Geophysical Union, Washington, 467 pp.

Maul, G.A., and D.M. Martin, 1993. Sea Level Rise at Key West, Florida, 1846-1992: America's Longest Instrument Record? Geophys. Res. Lett., 20(18): 1955-1959.

Maul, G.A. (author/editor), 1993. Climatic Change in the Intra-Americas Sea. United Nations Environment Programme, Edward Arnold Publishers, London, 389 pp.

Maul, G.A. and F.M. Vukovich, 1993. The Relationship between Variations in the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current and Straits of Florida Volume Transport. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 23(5): 785-796.

Maul, G.A., 1992. Temperature and Sea-Level Change. In: Global Warming: Physics and Facts. American Institute of Physics, New York, pp: 79-112.

Hansen, D.V. and G.A. Maul. 1991. Anticyclonic Current Rings in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean. J. Geophys. Res., 96(C4): 6965-6979.

Hanson, K., G.A. Maul and T.R. Karl, 1989. Are Atmospheric Greenhouse Effects Apparent in the Climatic Record of the Contiguous U.S. (1985-1987) Geophys. Res. Lett., 16(1): 49-52.

Maul, G.A., 1985. Introduction to Satellite Oceanography. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht/Bosto/Lancaster, 606 pp.

Maul, G.A., F. Chew, M. Bushnell, and D.A. Mayer, 1985. Sea Level Variation as an Indicator of Florida Current Volume Transport: Comparisons with Direct Measurements. Science, 227(4684): 304-307.