Oceans and Atmosphere

Nonlinear and Surface Waves

Propagation and dynamics of waves in the ocean, including the effects of stratification, rotation, topography, wind, and nonlinearity.  (Drake Passage wave photo: Maria Stenzel)

Academics

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Professor Emeritus
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Research Geophysicist
Luc Lenain
Associate Research Scientist / Technical Director
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Grant Deane
Research Oceanographer
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Centers, Labs, and Programs

The primary area of research is air-sea interaction, including the topics of surface wave dynamics, air-sea fluxes, upper ocean turbulence, including Langmuir circulations, and the remote sensing of ocean surface phenomena using electromagnetic and acoustic techniques.

The group focuses on observing and modeling coastal processes including beach evolution, cliff erosion, and nearshore waves.

A wave and flood forecast project.

Oceans and Atmosphere News

Jul 27, 2021 Simulation Points Out Possibilities and Pitfalls of Regional Geoengineering Schemes

Simulation Points Out Possibilities and Pitfalls of Regional Geoengineering Schemes

Model demonstrates that ending drought in one African region reduces r...

Jul 23, 2021 UC San Diego Receives $35 Million in State Funding for New California Coastal Research Vessel

UC San Diego Receives $35 Million in State Funding for New California Coastal Research Vessel

First-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid vessel will be vital to education an...

Jul 23, 2021 Review Evaluates Evidence for Intensifying Indian Ocean Water Cycle

Review Evaluates Evidence for Intensifying Indian Ocean Water Cycle

Report calls for better integration of observations, models, and paleo...