Past Physical Oceanography Seminars


October 2011

October 4, 2011:
Shin Kida, JAMSTEC, "The sea surface temperature variability in the Indonesian Seas."

October 11, 2011:
Fabien Roquet, MIT, “On the Pattern of Wind-Power Input to the Ocean circulations”

October 18, 2011: Clark 201
Anne-Marie Treguier, CNRS Laboratoire de Physique des Oceans, "Eddy contributions to the meridional transport of salt in the North Atlantic"

October 20, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 201 @ 10am
Takeyoshi Nagai, University of Tokyo, “Microstructure observations in the Kuroshio Front”
October 25, 2011:
Claudia Cenedese, PO, “Downwelling in Basins Subject to Buoyancy Loss”

October 27, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 10am
Peter Brandt, IFM-GEOMAR, "Interannual atmospheric variability forced by the deep equatorial Atlantic Ocean"

September 2011

September 6, 2011:
Jack Whitehead, PO, "Interaction of convection and floating material --- why most all the water is in the ocean"

September 13, 2011:
Robert Todd, PO, "Thermohaline structure in coastal systems"

September 20, 2011:
James Holte, PO, "Structure, properties, and heat content of southeast Pacific eddies"

September 27, 2011:

August 2011

August 2, 2011:
Alexey Fedorov, Yale University, "The ventilated ocean: stratification and overturning in an ocean with a fully adiabatic interior"

August 4, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 201 @ 10am
Sherry Scott, Marquette University. "Ergodicity defect and its diverse uses in the anlaysis of fluid flows."

August 9, 2011:
John Marshall, MIT, "Climate determinism revisited: multiple equilibria in a complex climate model"

August 16, 2011:
Melissa Omand, PO, "Physical controls on episodic nearshore phytoplankton blooms in Southern California"

August 23, 2011:
Rui Xin Huang, PO,  "Water mass formation/erosion, global subduction/obduction rates and their variability"

August 30,2011:
Bror Jonsson, Princeton University "New Methods to Estimate Biological Production and Why We Should Care"

July 2011

July 5, 2011:

July 12, 2011:
Hezi Gildor, The Hebrew University, "The circulation in the Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat and the exchange flow with the Red Sea revisited"

July 19, 2011: Clark 201
Terry Joyce, PO, Why and how does a commericially-important part of the NE fishery respond to changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturing Circulation?"

July 21, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 201 @ 10am
Isaac Gertman, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research, National Institute of Oceanography, " The Eastern Mediterranean Transient. Can we expect repetition of this fenomena?"
Abstract pdf file:

July 26, 2011:
James Girton, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, "DIMES Finestructure: Spatial and temporal variability of near-inertial waves and mixing in the Southern Ocean"

June 2011

June 7, 2011: Clark 201
Bob Pickart, PO, "New ideas on the formation and transport of Denmark Strait Overflow Water"

June 9, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 271 @ 10am
Ute Hausmann, Imperial College London, UK "The observed imprint of mesoscale eddies on the sea surface temperature field and its associated heat transport"

June 14, 2011:
Young-Oh Kwon, PO, “Atmosphere-Ocean Variability Associated with Kuroshio and Oyashio Extension Fluctuations”

June 21, 2011:
Ted Durland, OSU & Tom Farrar PO, “On the spectrum of equatorial inertia-gravity waves and the significance of zero group velocity”

June 28, 2011: Clark 201
Joe LaCasce, University of Oslo, “Estimating subsurface velocities with SQG: what happens with realistic stratification”

June 30, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 10am
Benjamin Giese, Texas A&M University, College Station "El Nino in SODA 1871-2008"

May 2011

May 3, 2011:
Magdalena Andres, PO, "Barotropic and Baroclinic Responses to Basin-Wide Wind Forcing: Insights on the Kuroshio from Observations and a 2-layer Model"
Abstract pdf file

May 10, 2011:
Carlos F. Moffat, University of Concepcion, Chile, “The response of coastally-trapped buoyant plumes to downwelling-favorable wind-stress forcing”
Abstract pdf file

May 17, 2011: Clark 201
Gualtiero Badin, Boston University, "Lateral mixing in the pycnocline by baroclinic mixed layer eddies"

May 24, 2011: Clark 201
Prof. Antonio Cenedese, Universita di Roma 'Sapienza', "Numerical and experimental simulations of local winds"

May 31, 2011:
Karan Venayagamoorthy, Colorado State University, "Mixing in Stably Stratified Turbulence"
Sylvia Cole, PO

January 11, 2011
Jeremy L. Kasper, PO

January 18, 2011

January 25, 2011
Samar Khatiwala, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

April 2011

April 5, 2011:
Emily Shroyer, PO, “Transformation of the Alaskan coastal current in Barrow Canyon”
Abstract pdf file

April 12, 2011:
Yuko Okumura
, NCAR, “Low-frequency Climate Variability over Antarctica and Linkages to the Tropics: Analysis of Instrumental Data and Ice Core and Coral Records for the Past 100-200 Years”
Abstract pdf file

April 14, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 201 @10am

Jinbo Wang
, MIT/PO, "Instabilities of an eastern boundary current with and without large-scale flow influence"

April 19, 2011:
Ken Brink, PO, "Buoyancy arrest and cross-shelf transport"

April 21, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 3pm
R. Dwi Susanto, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University,
"Role of Indonesian throughflow on global ocean"
Abstract pdf file

April 26, 2011:
Alexandra Jahn, NCAR, "Variability and change in the Arctic Ocean"
Abstract pdf file

March 2011

March 1, 2011:
Xin Huang, PO, "Adiabatic density surface, the only neutrally buoyant surface"

March 8, 2011:
Donglai Gong, PO, "Summertime evolution of the shelf-slope front and the secondary circulation on the NJ shelf"

March 9, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 3pm
J Robert Toggweiler, NOAA, "Distribution of Old Water at the Ocean's Surface"

March 15, 2011:
Ryan Sriver, Penn State University, "Investigating dynamical impacts of tropical cyclones on the ocean using observations and models"
Abstract pdf file

March 22, 2011: Clark 201
Elizabeth Douglass, PO, "Kuroshio pathways in a climateologically-forced model"

March 24, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 201 @ 10am
Yi Chao, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, "Thermal-Recharging Profiling Floats and Gliders for Ocean Research and Applications"

March 29, 2011:
Laura Ciasto, University of New South Wales, Australia, "Observations of Large-Scale Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction in the Extratropical Southern Ocean"
Abstract pdf file

February 2011

February 1, 2011:

February 2, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 3pm
J Robert Toggweiler, NOAA, "Distribution of Old Water at the Ocean's Surface"

February 3, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 3pm
Paul Durack, CSIRO, "Fifty Years of Water Cycle Change expressed in Ocean Salinity"

February 8, 2011:
Terry Joyce, PO, New perspectives on Eighteen Degree Water formation from CLIMODE"

February 15, 2011:
James Holte, PO, "Subantarctic Mode Water Formation air-sea fluxes and cross-frontal exchange"

February 22, 2011:
Andreas Klocker, MIT, "Estimating eddy diffusivities in the Southern Ocean"

February 24, 2011:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 3pm
Billy Kessler, NOAA Pacific Marine Enviornmental Laboratory, "Circulation in the Coral Sea from mapped Argo drift data"

January 2011

January 4, 2011:
Sylvia Cole, PO, "Thermohaline struture as tracer of circulation and mixing"
January 11, 2011:
Jeremy L. Kasper, PO,
"Idealized Modeling of Circulation Under Landfast Ice"

January 18, 2011:
Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz, Cornell University, "Stability of vortex and wave flows from bifurcation diagrams exploiting a variational argument"

January 25, 2011:
Samar Khatiwala, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, "Constraining ocean ventilation time scales with tracer observations: implications for anthropogenic CO2 uptake and radiocarbon ages"

November 2010

November 2, 2010:
John Taylor, MIT, "Turbulence and the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom"

November 9, 2010:
Olivier Marchal, G&G, "Penetration of a freshwater front into the ocean interior: Laboratory experiments and a simple theory"

November 16, 2010:
Wilken-Jon von Appen, MIT-WHOI-PO Dept. Joint Program, "Two Configurations of the Western Arctic Shelfbreak Current in Summer"

November 23, 2010:
Cancelled – Thanksgiving week.

November 30, 2010:
Yuri Lvov, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "The Oceanic Internal Wave Energy Spectrum - Synthesis of Theory and Observations"

October 2010

October 5, 2010
Brian Dushaw, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, “On the predictability of mode-1 internal tides”

October 7, 2010
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 1pm
Oliver Sun, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, "Bicoherence Observations of PSI Near the Hawaiian Ridge"

October 12, 2010
Florian Sevellec, Yale University, “Predictability study of the large scale ocean state, implication for data measurement”

October 19, 2010
5th Annual Chapman Lecture
Tuba Ozkan-Haller, Oregon State University, “Wave-driven Circulation in the Nearshore and Coastal Ocean”
Note: Reception to follow

October 26, 2010
Steve Rintoul, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Antarctic Climate
and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Australia,"Recent progress in
understanding the circulation of the Southern Ocean and its role in the Earth system

October 28, 2010
PO Special Seminar, Clark 201 @ 10am
Johann Lutjeharms, University of Cape Town, South Africa, "Studying western boundary currents: what we have learnt about the Agulhas Current in three decades."

September 2010

September 7, 2010:
Rui Xin Huang, PO, “Energetics of isopycnal mixing”

September 14, 2010:
Zoltan Szuts, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, “Waves across the Atlantic at 26N: a vertical mode decomposition and how it relates to large-scale transport”

September 21, 2010:
Martha Buckley, MIT/PAOC, “Atlantic Decadal Variability”

September 28, 2010:
Ira Didenkulova, Tallinn University of Technology, “Long waves induced by high-speed ferries: their modelling, measurements, sediment transport, impact on coasts”

August 2010

August 3, 2010:
Alexey Fedorov, Yale University, "An interdecadal mode of the AMOC related to temperature variations and ocean dynamics"

August 10, 2010:
Amy Bower, PO, Export Pathways from the Subpolar North Atlantic: A Follow-Up"

August 17, 2010:
Kathie Kelly, University of Washington, "The Sources of Anomalies in Eighteen Degree Water Formation and Dissipation"

August 19, 2010:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 10am
Jochem Marotzke, Max Planck Institute for Meterology, "Snowball Earth and Hothouse Earth- Simulating Exterme Climates"

August 23, 2010:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @2pm
Sachiko Yoshida, University of Hawaii, "Observed characteristics of the Hawaiian lee eddies and their interannual modulations"

August 24, 2010:
Ray Schmitt, PO, "Termohaline convection at density ratios below one: A new regime for salt fingers"

August 26, 2010:
PO Special Seminar @10am in Clark 507
Gregory C. Johnson, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and University of Washington School of Oceanography, "Warming of Global Abyssal and the Deep Southern Waters Between the 1990's and the 2000s: Contibutions to Global Heat and Sea Level Rise Budgets"

August 31, 2010:
Rym Msadek, GFDL, "Assessing the decadal variability and predictability of climate in the GFDL coupled model"

July 2010

July 6, 2010:

July 13, 2010:
Annalisa Bracco, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Interannual variability of surface eddy kinetic energy in the Labrador Sea.”

July 20, 2010:
Leif Thomas, Stanford University, “Reduction of the usable wind-work on the general circulation by forced symmetric instability.”

July 27, 2010:
Christian Buckingham, University of Rhode Island, “Zonal Lines in Microwave SST Front Probability.”

July 28, 2010:
PO Special Seminar @10am in Clark 507
Harper Simmons, University of Alaska Fairbanks, “Planetary beta-dispersion of near-inertial waves.”

July 29, 2010:
PO Special Seminar @10am in Clark 507
Steven Ramp, CeNCOOS Program Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, “Characterizing the nonlinear internalwave climate in the northeastern South China Sea”

May 2010

May 4, 2010:
Liz Douglass, PO, “Oceanic Variability in the Northwest Pacific Ocean”.

May 11, 2010:
Carol Ann Clayson, FSU, “High-frequency feedbacks between the ocean and atmosphere and their effects on longer timescale variability”.

May 18, 2010:
Robert Pickart, PO, "Upwelling in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea: Atmospheric Forcing and local versus non-local response".

May 25, 2010:
Beate Liepert, NorthWest Research Associates in Redmond, Washington, "Global rainfall variability and constraints in present and future climate scenarios".

April 2010

April 6, 2010:
Geffrey Gebbie, Harvard University, "How is the ocean filled?: Insights on past and present ocean circulation from water-mass distributions"

April 13, 2010:
Amala Mahadevan, Boston University, "Physcial underpinnings of oceanic productivity"

April 15, 2010:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 201 @2pm
Yi Huang, Harvard University, " A radiation spectral perspective of climate change"

April 20, 2010:
Camille Li, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, "Atmospheric jet structures and how they relate to global climate"

April 27, 2010: Clark 201 @2pm
Irina Rypina, PO, "Transport Pathways in the North Atlantic: Searching for Throughput"

March 2010

March 2, 2010:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 10am
Burkard Baschek, UCL, "High-resolution aerial and in situ measurements of submesoscale eddies, fronts, and filaments"

March 2, 2010:
Jianjun Yin, Florida State University, “Observation and model projection of rapid sea level rise on the northeast coast of the United States”

 March 9, 2010:
Xiaopei Lin, Ocean University of China, “A westward upwind flow-Yellow Sea Warm Current: new observation and mechanism”

March 11, 2010:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 2pm
Matthew Huber, Purdue University, “Progress in understanding the dynamics of past warm climates”

March 16, 2010:
Andrew Thompson, University of Cambridge, “Southern Ocean Jets”

March 23, 2010:
Hyodae Seo, University of Hawaii, "Regional coupled downscaling of climate and weather" 

March 30, 2010:
Caroline Ummenhofer, University of New South Wales, “The role of the Indian Ocean for regional rainfall variability and drought: Mechanisms and implications for forecasting”

February 2010

February 2, 2010:     
Phil Richardson, PO, "How do albatrosses fly around the world without flapping
their wings?”

February 9, 2010:
Ken Brink, PO, "Topographic Rectification"

February 11, 2010:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 507 @ 10am
Ted Durland, COAS-OSU, "Distortion of Long Rossby Waves by Equatorial Currents"

February 16, 2010:
Terrence Joyce, PO, "On the Path of the Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation."

February 23, 2010:
Cancelled – Ocean Sciences Meeting

January 2010

January 5, 2009:
Karl Helfrich, Physical Oceanography Department, "A model of large-amplitude internal solitary waves with trapped cores"

January 12, 2009:
Lynne Talley, University of California, San Diego, "Simplified meridional overturning streamfunctions (a sequel) and global freshwater transports"

January 19, 2009:
Young-Gyu Park, Princeton, “The origin of the Tsushima Warm Current in a high resolution model”

January 26, 2009:
Xin Huang, PO, "Meridional circulation in the western coastal zone as a boundary layer"

December 2009

December 1, 2009:
Gil Boher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, Ohio State University, "Eddy flux observations of evaporation and vapor advection in the Gulf of Aqaba (Eilat), northern Red Sea"

December 8, 2009: Clark 201
Mick Follows, MIT, "Patterns of phytoplankton diversity in a model ocean".

December 15, 2009:
Cancelled, AGU Week

December 22, 2009:

December 29, 2009:

November 2009

November 3, 2009:
Julie Deshayes, Laboratoire de Physique des Oceans (CNRS), “Impact of a barotropic boundary current on eddies in a convective basin”

November 10, 2009:
Sheekela Baker-Yeboah, MIT, “Dipoles and Agulhas Leakage”?

November 17, 2009:
Young-Oh Kwon, PO,  “Multi-decadal Variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in a Climate Model”

November 24, 2009:
Emily Shroyer, PO, “ Variability in the Nonlinear Internal Wave Field on the New Jersey shelf-- Observations from the Shallow Water 2006 Experiment”

October 2009

October 6, 2009:
John Marshall, MIT, 'Thought experiments in climate and paleo climate'

October 13, 2009:
Kim Martini, University of Washington, "Internal Waves and Mixing on the Oregon Continental Slope"

October 20, 2009:
Malte Mueller , University of Victoria,  “Secular and seasonal changes of ocean tides: Model results and observations”

October 22, 2009:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 271 @ 10am
Thierry Penduff. LEGI-MEOM, "Assessing the forced and intrinsic ocean variability in multi-resolution global DRAKKAR simulations"

October 27, 2009:
Ross Tulloch, MIT Scales, “Growth rates, and spectral fluxes of baroclinic instability and geostrophic turbulence in the ocean: observations and models”

September 2009

September 1, 2009:
Claude Frankignoul, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, "Atmospheric response to North
Pacific western boundary current variability"

September 8, 2009:
Kristopher Karnauskas, G&G, "The Galapagos Islands and the EUC: Time for a reality check?"

September 10, 2009:
PO Special Seminar, Clark 201 @ 10am
Deirdre A. Byrne, University of Maine, “The "warm water route": The Agulhas leakage measured during ASTTEX, 2003-2005”

September 15, 2009:
Xujing Davis, PO, "Variability of STMW in the North Pacific: Numerical Investigations"

September 22, 2009:

September 29, 2009:
Irina Rypina. PO, "Chaotic advection in an archipelago"

August 2009

August 4, 2009:
Kurt Polzin, PO, "Toward Regional Characterizations of the Oceanic Internal Wavefield"

August 11, 2009:
Carl Wunsch, MIT Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, “The ocean variability frequency-wavenumber spectrum and trend determination”

August 18, 2009:
Alexey Fedorov, Yale University, "A climate feedback between tropical cyclones and the wind-driven circulation of the upper ocean: implications for the Pliocene and contemporary climate change"

August 25, 2009:
Louis St. Laurent, PO, "Mixing rates within and below the thermocline transition layer"

January 4, 2011:
Sylvia Cole, PO, "Thermohaline struture as tracer of circulation and mixing"
January 11, 2011:
Jeremy L. Kasper, PO,
"Idealized Modeling of Circulation Under Landfast Ice"

January 18, 2011:
Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz, Cornell University, "Stability of vortex and wave flows from bifurcation diagrams exploiting a variational argument"

January 25, 2011:
Samar Khatiwala, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, "Constraining ocean ventilation time scales with tracer observations: implications for anthropogenic CO2 uptake and radiocarbon ages"