General Lab Information

William Behrens

Applications Architect, EE Cloud Process, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department

William Behrens

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Bldg. 490D, Room 2-9
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-2906
behrens@bnl.gov

Bill develops and maintains information systems that collect, process and store physical measurements collected from atmospheric, terrestrial and marine ecosystems. He provides the interface between instruments collecting environmental data in the field and data products available to research collaborators. This includes the computer infrastructure to communicate with instruments and collect, transmit and store data. He has made chemical, physical, and biological measurements from ships; deployed oceanographic and atmospheric instruments from buoys and moorings at sea; measured atmospheric constituents in terrestrial ecosystems; been responsible for system administration and data base management.

How did he get to be an Applications Architect from an initial education in marine ecology? Once at BNL, Bill started doing sea water chemistry and hydrography at sea and processed cruise data reports which evolved into data base management. At the same time digital instrumentation and data logging became the standard for hydrographic measurements and required mobile computer and network systems that Bill provided in addition to computer resources at BNL. As system administrator, Bill provides support for all department computer resources with knowledge of both the science and the tools necessary to perform environmental research.

Expertise | Research | Education | Publications


Expertise

  • Acquisition, telemetry, analysis and distribution of environmental data
  • Computer system administration, networking and communications
  • Environmental data management
  • Hydrography

Research Activities

  • System administrator for FAst-physics System TEstbed and Research (FASTER) project, ARM External Data Center, and Cloud Properties group
  • Provide network and data acquisition systems for the ARM Mobile Aerosol Observatory Systems
  • Computer security representative for the Environmental & Climate Sciences Department
  • Develop satellite communications interface for remote ARM sites
  • Provide remote access, data acquisition, and data management software for Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) sites
  • Network distribution of real-time radio telemetered data from weather stations and buoys
  • Buoy instrumentation for Navy air-sea interaction study
  • Process satellite images and design data processing and graphics systems for oceanographic projects
  • Database manager for Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences Division and author of 28 oceanographic data reports
  • Participated in 46 oceanographic research cruises measuring chemical, physical and biological parameters in the North Atlantic, Bering Sea, Greenland Sea, and Caribbean Sea
  • Research ecologist investigating sulfur dynamics in a salt marsh ecosystem at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
  • Instructor of Physical Oceanography, Southampton College, NY
  • Investigated the behavior of trace metals in a Long Island fishery using atomic absorption spectroscopy.
  • Visiting student at the University of Manchester, England and Marine Biological Station, Roscoff, France

Education

  • Briarcliffe College, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • Stony Brook University, M.S., Marine Sciences
  • Binghamton University, B.A., Biology

Selected Publications

  • Reynolds RM, Behrens W An INMARSAT-C GOES, and EIA485 hybrid communication system for global experiment control. "Challenges of Our Changing Global Environment" Conference Proceedings OCEANS '95 MTS/IEEE. doi: 10.1109/oceans.1995.526781
  • Ashjian CJ, Smith SL, Flagg CN, Mariano AJ, Behrens WJ, Lane PVZ (1994) The influence of a Gulf Stream meander on the distribution of zooplankton biomass in the Slope Water, the Gulf Stream, and the Sargasso Sea, described using a shipboard acoustic Doppler current profiler. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 41:23–50. doi: 10.1016/0967-0637(94)90025-6
  • Behrens WJ, Duedall IW (1981) Temporal variations of heavy metals in Mercenaria mercenaria. ICES Journal of Marine Science 39:219–222. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/39.3.219
  • Behrens WJ, Duedall IW (1981) The behaviour of heavy metals in transplanted hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria. ICES Journal of Marine Science 39:223–230. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/39.3.223
William Behrens

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Bldg. 490D, Room 2-9
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-2906
behrens@bnl.gov