Oceans and Atmosphere

Physical Oceanography

Physical Oceanography is the field of study that deals with mechanisms of energy transfer through the sea and across its boundaries, and with the physical interactions of the sea with its surroundings, especially including the influence of the seas on the climate of the atmosphere.


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Centers, Labs, and Projects

A long-term systematic observing system of the physical state of the global ocean.
CLIVAR and Carbon Hydrographic Office
Primary mission is to deliver the highest possible quality global CTD and hydrographic data to users.
Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC)
Develops and implements coastal observatories, serves as a science and technical interface with local, state, and federal agencies, and manages various system components.
Instrument Development Group
Develops autonomous instrument platforms and sensors for them, builds instrumented vehicles, and operates floats and gliders for such projects.
Giddings Lab
Specializing in estuarine and coastal processes with an interest in interdisciplinary projects that address how physics impacts important biological and chemical processes in the coastal environment.
Multiscale Ocean Dynamics (MOD)
A specialized team of oceanographers, engineers, and graduate students solving vexing problems in ocean physics and biology.  We develop, build, and deploy novel scientific instrumentation to observe the ocean in new ways.

Recent Publications

Driemel, A.; Fahrbach, E.; Rohardt, G.; Beszczynska-Moller, A.; Boetius, A.; Budeus, G.; Cisewski, B.; Engbrodt, R.; Gauger, S.; Geibert, W.; Geprags, P.; Gerdes, D.; Gersonde, R.; Gordon, A. L.; Grobe, H.; Hellmer, H. H.; Isla, E.; Jacobs, S. S.; Janout, M.; Jokat, W.; Klages, M.; Kuhn, G.; Meincke, J.; Ober, S.; Osterhus, S.; Peterson, R. G.; Rabe, B.; Rudels, B.; Schauer, U.; Schroder, M.; Schumacher, S.; Sieger, R.; Sildam, J.; Soltwedel, T.; Stangeew, E.; Stein, M.; Strass, V. H.; Thiede, J.; Tippenhauer, S.; Veth, C.; von Appen, W.; Weirig, M.; Wisotzki, A.; Wolf-Gladrow, D. A.; Kanzow, T.
Carranza, M. M.; Gille, S. T.; Piola, A. R.; Charo, M.; Romero, S. I.
Williams, N. L.; Juranek, L. W.; Feely, R. A.; Johnson, K. S.; Sarmiento, J. L.; Talley, L. D.; Dickson, A. G.; Gray, A. R.; Wanninkhof, R.; Russell, J. L.; Riser, S. C.; Takeshita, Y.