Ocean modelling, variability and change

Understanding large-scale climate variability and changes involves to a large part understanding the ocean dynamics, as they represent 2/3 of the earths surface and about 99% of the active heat capacity on time scales from month to centuries. The Ocean modelling, variability and change group aims at  understanding ocean dynamics and their interaction with the atmosphere and the climate as a whole, largely by using numerical model simulations. The group deals with all levels of ocean modelling from simple theoretical equations to fully complex Ocean General Circulation Models(OGCMs) coupled or not  coupled to atmospheric GCMs. Our main interest are on large-scale phenomenon, such as El Nino, large-scale climate modes or large-scale ocean circulation variability and future projected change. In particular, the aspects that affect the Southern Hemisphere climate.

Research Team

Dr Dietmar Dommenget
Large-scale Climate Dynamics, Climate Modelling, El Nino, Modes of Variability, Climate Change

Dr Shayne McGregor
El Nino dynamics and predictability, Pacific decadal variability, Interbasin connectivity, the recent hiatus in global warming, drivers of western boundary currents, sea level rise and variability.