Friday January 30, 2015 Site Updated: January 28, 2015 Doron Nof, Ph.D.
Distinguished Nansen Professor of Physical Oceanography
(850) 644-2736
Mailing Address: Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
419, 117 N. Woodward Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306
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Doron Nof Teaching 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. My work focuses on the movement of fluids within the ocean and its relationship to the interaction with the atmosphere above. I use 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.

Students will be encouraged to choose processes according to their particular interests, use advanced computation techniques, achieve a thorough understanding of the chosen processes and develop their own style of addressing problems. Our research is supported mainly by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Locations representing recent work are marked in the map below:
World Map

An example of a recent research problem is that of eddies generated by a subcritical bottom slope (see movie on left). Upstream, the bottom has a strong enough slope to sustain a continuous unbroken current (i.e., the slope is supercritical). In the region between 0 and 200 kilometers the slope is reduced to a subcritical value so the current can only exist there as a chain of eddies. Farther downstream, the slope returns to the high supercritical upstream values so the eddies merge and form a continuous current similar to the upstream flow. This may take a minute to load.

Ocean Storm What appears like a hurricane is actually an ocean eddy about 20 kilometers in radius. The spirals are ice bands. The photo was taken from an airplane flying over the Sea of Okhotsk (from Wakasutchi and Ohshima 1990, Journal of Physical Oceanography).

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Publications This picture was taken many years ago. Please don't expect me to be as nice today as I look here.

Physical Oceanography
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
(850) 644-2736
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