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Oliver Sun

Oliver Sun

Postdoctoral Investigator

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 289 2809


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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 21

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


Ph.D., Oceanography. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2010.

M.A., Applied Mathematics. Indiana University, 2004.

B.S., Mathematics-Computer Sciences. Purdue University, 1997.

Research Statement

I'm interested in oceanic internal waves: their generation by winds and tides, their propagation across ocean basins, and the nonlinear processes which lead to their eventual breaking and turbulent dissipation. My work combines theoretical analysis with seagoing data collection and instrument development. To make direct measurements of internal waves and turbulence, I use acoustic Doppler sonars, microstructure profilers and gliders, and a variety of innovative ocean-profiling vehicles.

I am part of an NSF Climate Process Team (CPT) on internal wave mixing. We are working to improve parameterizations of vertical mixing for climate models (GCMs).