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Joe Pedlosky

Joe Pedlosky

Scientist Emeritus

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 289 2534

Fax: +1 508 457 2181


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WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 21

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


B.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960, Aeronautical Engineering
M.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1960, Aeronautics/Astronautics
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963, Meteorology

Research Interests

Baroclinic instability and general stability problems in fluid dynamics; nonlinear dynamics of finite amplitude waves; general circulation of the ocean, especially mid-latitude gyres; geophysical fluid dynamics; equatorial oceanic circulation; abyssal ocean circulation.

Recently Submitted Manuscripts

The Skirted Island: The Effect of Topography on the Flow Around Planetary Scale Islands (pdf) »
A Note on The Weakly Nonlinear Ekman Layer: Thickness and Flux (pdf) »
Thermally Driven Circulations in Small Oceanic Basins (pdf) »
Baroclinic Instability of Time-Dependent Currents (pdf) »
The Instability of Rossby Basin Modes and the Oceanic Eddy Field (pdf) »
The Nonlinear Dynamics of Time Dependent Subcritical Baroclinic Currents (doc) »
Rossby wave instability and apparent phase speeds in large ocean basins (pdf) »
Time Dependent Response to Cooling in a Beta-Plane Basin (pdf) »
Eddy formation near the west coast of Greenland (pdf) »
The Two-layer Skirted Island (pdf) »
The Nonlinear Downstream Development of Baroclinic Instability (pdf) »

Course 12.802 "Waves in the Ocean and Atmosphere"
Course 12.824 Instability theory for the oceans and atmosphere
Course 12.800 "Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean"
GFD 2007
Fall 2007 Course 12.800 "Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean"
Course 12.800: Lecture Videos

Jule Charney: Life and Works
Haurwitz Lecture, American Meteorological Society, 2009: "Kelvin's Theorem, The Propagation of Rossby Waves through Barriers, and the Circulation around Planetary Islands"