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Kurt Polzin

Kurt Polzin

Associate Scientist w/ Tenure

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 289 3368

Fax: +1 508 457 2181


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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 21

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


B.A. (Physics), 1986, Whitman College
Ph.D. (Physical Oceanography), 1992, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography / Applied Ocean Sciences and Engineering

Research Interests

Observation and modeling of energy exchanges between oceanic currents, internal waves and turbulence.  My work tries to identify connections and relationships between phenomena and combines the development of theoretical constructs with the development and use of oceanographic instrumentation.  Favorite topics are observing, modeling and parameterizing 2- and 3-D turbulence, diapycnal mixing, isopycnal stirring and T-S variability.