Ocean Sciences


Oceans cover 70 percent of the earth, yet so many of mysteries surround them, still. For more than 5,000 years, scientists have been studying ocean chemistry and movement and theorizing on its impacts to our planet. Today, satellite imagery and other new methods to aid measurement and study assist researchers like those at Rosenstiel School.

From the scientist setting up buoys in the Caribbean or high frequency radio transmitters on the Florida coastline to the satellite imagery analysts scanning sea surge, the school studies ocean chemistry, its physics and its role in meteorology with world-renowned scholars and some of the best equipment available.

Current areas of research include:

• Numerical modeling of coastal ocean circulation
• Chloroflorohydrocarbons (CFCs) as tracers in ocean circulation studies
• Remote-sensing meteorologic research
• Ocean model development
• Seagoing oceanic measurements in coastal and deep oceans
• Marine ecosystem dynamics
• Hurricane studies of the loop current using airborne ocean probes coupled with modeling
• Air-sea interaction
• High-frequency radar studies that map coastal ocean surface currents and waves
• Theoretical and experimental studies of ocean acoustics
• Observations and models of the tropical and subtropical circulations of the ocean
• Climate change
• Biogeochemistry of carbon and major nutrients
• Dynamics of trace elements and their isotopes
• Marine organic geochemistry
• Microbial biogeochemistry