Ocean Dynamics and Climate
Lead Researcher: Dr Pavel Berloff
My research focuses on understanding fundamental physical processes in the ocean, particularly those that involve ocean turbulence and impact climate, and in developing mathematical models of these processes.
Particular topics include:
- role of the ocean in maintaining the global climate and origins of the interannual-to-interdecadal variability observed at midlatitudes
- dynamics of mesoscale oceanic eddies and their interactions with large-scale flows
- mathematical modelling of unresolved small-scale processes
- transport and mixing by oceanic eddies and coherent vortices
- understanding multiple alternating jets of the oceanic circulation.
- Berloff, P., I. Kamenkovich, and J. Pedlosky, 2009a: A mechanism of formation of multiple zonal jets in the oceans. J. Fluid Mech., 628, 395–425.
- Berloff, P., A. Mc C. Hogg, W. Dewar, 2007: The Turbulent Oscillator: A Mechanism of Low-Frequency Variability of the Wind-Driven Ocean Gyres. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 37, 2363–2386.
- Berloff, Pavel S., James C. McWilliams, 2002: Material Transport in Oceanic Gyres. Part II: Hierarchy of Stochastic Models. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 32, 797–830.