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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) »
The Interaction of an Eastward-Flowing Current and an Island: Sub- and Supercritical Flow (pdf)»
Baroclinic Instability over Topography: Unstable at any wavenumber (pdf)»

Fall 2014: Course 12.800 "Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean"
Course 12.802 "Waves in the Ocean and Atmosphere"
Course 12.824 Instability theory for the oceans and atmosphere
GFD 2007
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"