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Raymond W. Schmitt

Raymond W. Schmitt

Senior Scientist

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 289 2426

Fax: +1 508 457 2181


» CV

Endowed Observations
Seismic Oceanography

Microstructure Group Site
Introduction to the Global Water Cycle

WHOI Mailing Address:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 21

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


B.Sc. Carnegie-Mellon University, Physics
Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, Physical Oceanography

Research Interests

Ocean mixing and microstructure; double-diffusive convection; relationships between small scale mixing processes and large-scale temperature and salinity distributions; the thermohaline circulation of the ocean; development of microprofiling instrumentation. Oceanic freshwater budget, autonomous profiling floats, the salinity distribution and its measurement. Seismic Oceanography (See Science Article)

Research Statement

Google Scholar Citations:        > 6,400,       h-index = 39
ISI/Web of Science Citations:   > 4,200,       h-index = 34

Video and Radio Interviews

Regarding expanding Lake Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic, (Vice News, July 26, 2014):

On IPCC AR5 Report ("The Takeaway", September 27, 2013)

Salinity and Climate ("The Point", July, 2013):

Extreme Weather ("The Point", May, 2012):

Climate Change ("The Point", February, 2007):

Webinar on Salinity and Climate Change for SPURS:


"Predicting Minnesota Rainfall with North Atlantic Salniities" 

Slide presentation at AMS Fluid Dynamics Meeting, June15, 2015.



Ocean Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences, 2005-2007.
Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, America's Climate Choices, National Academy of Sciences, 2009-2010.
Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Assessment Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 2011-2012.
NASA Salinity Science Team leader, 2011- present
NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee 2014-2017


J. S. Guggenheim Fellow, 1997-1998.
Fellow, American Geophysical Union
Van Allen Clark Sr. Chair for Excellence in Oceanography