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Ralph Cheng Receives DOI's Distinguished Service Award

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Ralph Cheng and Anne Kinsinger
Above: Ralph Cheng (left), recipient of the Department of the Interior Distinguished Service Award, is congratulated by USGS Western Regional Director Anne Kinsinger. Photograph by Mike Diggles. [larger version]

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) senior research hydrologist Ralph T. Cheng received the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award, the highest Departmental award that can be granted to a career employee. The award was presented on May 9, 2007, at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., and celebrated again on November 14 at the annual USGS Western Region Awards Ceremony in Menlo Park, California. At the November awards ceremony, Frank Shipley, Acting Deputy Western Regional Director, read the following summary of the award citation:

"Dr. Ralph Cheng has been a pioneer in the development of leading-edge measurement technology and state-of-the-art hydraulic modeling and interpretation. He pioneered the widely adopted application of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers to make stream-discharge measurements faster, more accurate, and more detailed. Dr. Cheng, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), developed the San Francisco Bay Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (SFPORTS) model which, since 1998, has been providing crucial information in real time to mariners, oil-spill-response teams, and managers of coastal resources about the bay's water levels, currents, salinity, and winds. Dr. Cheng has also served among a select group of scientists in advancing the methods and practices of stream gaging in the USGS, pioneering an entirely revolutionary new method based on radar frequencies to measure flood flows without having to place people or instruments in dangerous flood waters.

"For his outstanding scientific contributions to the USGS in the field of hydrologic measurement technology and hydraulic modeling and interpretation, Dr. Ralph T. Cheng is granted the highest honor of the Department of the Interior, the Distinguished Service Award."

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