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Raymond W. Schmitt

Raymond W. Schmitt

Emeritus Research Scholar

Physical Oceanography

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; the global water cycle, 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; autonomous profiling floats; the salinity distribution and its measurement; terrestrial rainfall prediction using ocean salinity; seismic oceanography (See Science Article)

Research Statement

Google Scholar Citations:         > 8,900,       h-index = 44
ISI/Web of Science Citations:   > 5,300,       h-index = 38

Interviews, blogs and talks

Scientia article: "Uncovering the connection between ocean salinity and terrestrial rainfall":   

Years of Living Dangerously Blog Post: Drought or Deluge:

Predicting Terrestrial Rainfall Using Ocean Salinities, interview on WCAI Living Lab, June 13, 2016.

May 2016 Press Release on Predicting Rainfall on Land from Ocean Salinity:

"Predicting Minnesota Rainfall with North Atlantic Salinities"  Audio and slide presentation at AMS Fluid Dynamics Meeting, June15, 2015.

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

On IPCC AR5 Report (Interview on NPR's "The Takeaway", September 27, 2013)

Salinity and Climate (Interview on WCAI's "The Point", July, 2013):

Extreme Weather (Interview on WCAI's"The Point", May, 2012):

Climate Change (Interview on WCAI's"The Point", February, 2007):

Webinar on Salinity and Climate Change for SPURS:


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