7fcde7 square The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, SOEST
Peter K. Muller

Emeritus Professor

Department of Oceanography, 
University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 
1000 Pope Road, 
Marine Sciences Building, 
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8081
Fax: (808) 956-9164

E-mail: pmuller@hawaii.edu



  • BS 1966- Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg
  • MS 1970- Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg
  • PhD 1974- Geophysics, University of Hamburg 
  • Dr. habil 1981- Geophysics, University of Hamburg

Research Interests

  • Theoretical oceanography
  • Wave dynamics
  • Stochastic (climate) models
  • Foundations of complex system theories

Teaching Activites

  • OCN 315 - Models of Natural Systems (syllabus)
  • OCN 667 - Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I (syllabus)
  • OCN 668 - Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II (syllabus)
  • OCN 699, 700, 800 - Directed, Thesis, Dissertation Research

Ten Selected Publications

Müller, P., 2006: The Equations of Oceanic Motions. Cambridge University Press, 291 pp.

Müller, P., 2006: Book review. “The Hamilton-type Principle in Fluid Dynamics” by A. F. Palacios. Ann. Physics. (in press).

Müller, P., 2006: Book review. “Baroclinic Tides.Theoretical Modeling and Observational Evidence” by V. Vlasenko, N. Stashchuk and K. Hutter. Oceanography, 19, 195-197.

Müller, P. and D. Henderson, 2005: “Rogue waves.” Proceedings, 'Aha Huliko'a Hawaiian Winter Workshop, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Special Publication, 193pp.

Müller, P., C. Garrett and A. Osborne, 2005: Rogue waves. Oceanography, 18, 66-75.

Natarov, A. and P. Müller, 2005: A dissipation function for the internal wave radiative balance equation. J. Atmos. Oceanic Techn., 22, 1782-1796.

Wang, D and Müller, P. (2005) Equatorial Turbulence. In: Marine Turbulence. Cambridge University Press. 297-307.

Müller, P., J. McWilliams and J. Molemaker (2005) Routes to dissipation. The 2D/3D turbulence conundrum. In: Marine Turbulence. Cambridge University Press. 397-405.

Müller, P. and H.von Storch (2004) Computer Modelling in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Building Knowledge. Springer Verlag. 304pp.

Müller, P. and C. Garrett (2004) Near-boundary processes and their parameterization. Oceanography, 17, 107-116.

Research Funding

  • Internal Wave Action Model
  • Journal of Physical Oceanography Chief Editorship
  • Aha Huliko'a Workshop Series