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Delia Oppo
Delia Oppo
Senior Scientist
Geology & Geophysics Department

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Work: 508 289 2681                               Clark 117 Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I study past variability of ocean circulation and the climatic impacts of those changes. My projects include reconstructing ocean circulation during the last Ice Age, during abrupt climate events that occurred as the large Ice Age continental ice sheets collapsed, and during the last 10,000 years in the absence of large ice sheets. With my many collaborators, I also research how these ocean circulation changes and other factors influence tropical rainfall and vegetation.

Latest Publications:

Led by JP student Alice Alpert - congrats Alice!!!

Alpert, A. E., A. L. Cohen, D. W. Oppo, T. M. DeCarlo, J. M. Gove, and C. W. Young (2016), Comparison of equatorial Pacific sea surface variability and trends with Sr/Ca records from multiple corals. Paleoceanography, 30, doi: 10.1002/2015PA002897


Oppo, D. W., W. B. Curry, and J. F. McManus, What do benthic δ13C and δ18O data tell us about Atlantic circulation during Heinrich Stadial 1?, Paleoceanography, 30, doi:10.1002/2014PA002667, 2015.

Recent publications lead by former post-docs and students:

Dubois, N., D. W. Oppo, V. V. Galy, M. Mohtadi, S. van der Kaars, J E. Tierney, Y. Rosenthal, T. I. Eglinton, A. Lückge, B. K. Linsley,  Indonesian vegetation response to changes in rainfall seasonality over the past 25,000 years, Nature Geoscience, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2182, 2014. Proof pdf (but pls see final corrected version)

Gibbons, F.T., Oppo, D.W., Mohtadi, M., Rosenthal, Y., Cheng, J., Liu, Z., Linsley, B.K.,  2014. Deglacial δ18O and hydrologic variability in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 387, 240–251.

Huang, K. F., D. W. Oppo, W. B. Curry, Decreased influence of Antarctic intermediate water in the tropical Atlantic during North Atlantic cold events. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 389, 200-208, 2014

Recent publications lead by my colleagues:

Howe, J. N. W., A. M. Piotrowski, D. W. Oppo, K. F. Huang, S. Mulitza, C. M. Chiessi, J Blusztajn, Antarctic Intermediate circulation in the South Atlantic over the past 25,000 years, 2016 Paleoceanography 30, doi:10.1002/2016PA002975.

Mohtadi, M., M. Prange, D. W. Oppo, R. De Pol-Holz, U.Merkel, X. Zhang, S. Steinke, A. LückgeNorth Atlantic Forcing of Tropical Indian Ocean Climate, Nature, 509,76–80 2014. doi:10.1038/nature13196. Proof pdf

Rosenthal, Y., BK Linsley, Oppo, DW, Pacific Ocean Heat Content during the past 10,000 years, Science, 342 617-621, 2013.


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