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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Contact Info

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Department of Physical Oceanography
MS 21
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Dr Raymond W Schmitt

Phone: (508) 289-2426
Fax: 508-457-2181
Email: rschmitt@whoi.edu
Website: www.whoi.edu/science/PO/dept

Fields of Interest

global water cycle, thermohaline circulation, ocean observations

Description of Scientific Projects

We have shown through observations and models that oceanic mixing plays an important role in the strength and stability of the thermohaline circulation. As the thermohaline circulation controls meridional heat flux in the ocean, it exerts a powerful influence on the climate system. Also of interest in this regard is the global water cycle, most of which occurs over the sea. In order to better quantify the oceanic water cycle, I am involved with improving and expanding salinity measurements within the ARGO program and other parts of the global ocean observing system. For both topics, expertise in either models or observations would be of interest.

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