Ocean Physics

From the interaction of the ocean surface layer with the atmosphere, down to the energy transfer of ocean waves and tides to the seafloor, physical oceanographic research within the School spans the full water column, and is ongoing in every ocean on the planet.  Research pursuits are both theoretical and applied, with student effort ranging from complex ocean circulation modeling and simulation, to the provision of coastal ocean wave, pollution, and safety information to members of the general public.

Our students and staff use ships, satellites, submarines, moorings, aircraft, and remote vehicles to explore the surface and depths of the ocean to understand the physical forces that govern and constrain energy transfer within the sea, mixing processes, wave movement and interaction, turbulence, large- and small-scale circulation, and the role of the ocean, as part of a coupled system, in driving local weather and global climate.