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Physical Oceanography

Ocean physics is of fundamental importance to our understanding of the environment and its dynamical behavior. In particular, global change and global warming are strongly affected by the oceans and their currents. The physical oceanography program at Florida State University focuses on a number of regionally and globally important questions that relate to these topics, particularly on the role of the ocean in the coupled climate system. This manifests in studies of paleo-climate, large scale ocean dynamics, southern ocean dynamics, coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, equatorial dynamics and mixing. The group is also heavily involved in ocean data assimilation and prediction using observations, mathematical methods, and imagination in order to achieve an understanding of these processes. Recent efforts have addressed oceanic processes in the South Atlantic, the Sea of Japan, the Red Sea, the western equatorial Pacific, and the Indonesian passages (see map below). The faculty members are also heavily engaged in research the northeastern Gulf of Mexico as part of FSU's membership in the Northern Gulf Institute, a cooperative institute operated through NOAA. This research intensified with the Deep Horizon oil spill of 2010. The aim of these efforts is to understand the impact of the watershed on the coastal system and to understand the impacts of the spill on the local environment.

Further information on the research interests of our faculty members is available through the EAOS web page,