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Philip L. Richardson

Philip L. Richardson

Scientist Emeritus

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 540 2648

Cell Phone: +1 508 564 2569

Fax: +1 508 457 2181

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 21

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., 2018. Leonardo da Vinci's discovery of the dynamic soaring by birds in wind shear. Royal Society Notes and Records, doi:10.1098/rsnr.2018.0024.

Richardson, P. l., Wakefield, E. D., Phillips, R. A., 2018. Flight speed and performance of the wandering albatross with respect to wind. Movement Ecology. 6:3.

Richardson, P. L. and Adams, N. T., 2018. Uncharted Waters; Nantucket whalers and the Franklin-Folger chart of the Gulf Stream. Historic Nantucket, 68(1), 17-24.

Richardson, P. L., 2017. Da Vinci's observations of soaring birds. Physics Today, November 2017, 78-79.

Richardson, P. L., 2015. Upwind dynamic soaring of albatrosses and UAV's. Progress in Oceanography 130, 146-156.

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., 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.