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Philip L. Richardson

Scientist Emeritus

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 289 2546

Cell Phone: +1 508 564 2569

Fax: +1 508 457 2181

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WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 29

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1974, Physical Oceanography
M.S., University of Rhode Island, 1970, Physical Oceanography
B.S., Universwity of California, Berkeley, 1964, Civil Engineering

Research Interests

Aerodynamics of albatross soaring over the ocean (dynamic soaring); the general circulation of the ocean and its low frequency variability; western boundary currents, ocean eddies, historical studies.

Recent papers

Richardson, P. L., 2012. High-Speed Robotic Albatross: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle powered by dynamic soaring. Radio-Controlled Soaring Digest, 29, 4-18.
Richardson, P. L., 2012. High-Speed Dynamic Soaring. Radio-Controlled Soaring Digest, 29, 36-49.
Richardson, P. L., 2012. Fritz Fuglister's Oceanography. Spritsail, A Journal of the History of Falmouth and Vicinity Published by the Woods Hole Historical Collection, 25, 27-33.
Richardson, P. L., 2011. How do albatrosses fly around the world without flapping their wings? Progress in Oceanography, 88, 46-58.
Richardson, P. L., 2008. On the history of meridional overturning circulation schematic diagrams. Progress in Oceanography, 76, 466-486.
Richardson, P. L., 2007. Agulhas leakage into the Atlantic estimated with subsurface floats and surface drifters. Deep-Sea Research I, 54, 1361-1389.