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John Marshall

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography

John Marshall is an oceanographer interested in climate and the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, which he studies through the development of mathematical and numerical models of key processes. His research has focused on problems of ocean circulation and coupled climate dynamics involving interactions between motions on different scales, using theory, laboratory experiments, observations and new innovative approaches to global ocean modeling pioneered by his group at MIT.

Current research interests include: ocean convection and subduction, stirring and mixing in the ocean, eddy dynamics and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the role of the ocean in climate, climate dynamics, aquaplanets.

He joined the faculty in 1991.


Kyle C. Armour, John Marshall, Jeffery R. Scott, Aaron Donohoe & Emily R. Newsom (2016), Southern Ocean warming delayed by circumpolar upwelling and equator ward transport, published online at Nature Geoscience 30 May 2016, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2731

Dhruv Balwada, Kevin G. Speer, Joseph H. LaCasce, W. Brechner Owens, John Marshall, Raffaele Ferrari (2016), Circulation and Stirring in the Southeast Pacific Ocean and the Scotia Sea Sectors of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Early Online Release-Posted online on 19 Apr 2016, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0207.1

Hajoon Song, John Marshall, Michael J. Follows, Stephanie Dutkiewicz, Gaël Forget (2016), Source waters for the highly productive Patagonian shelf in the southwestern Atlantic, Journal of Marine Systems, Available online 3 March 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2016.02.009

Martha W. Buckley and John Marshall (2016), Observations, inferences, and mechanisms of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation variability: A review, Reviews of Geophysics. Online 26 January 2016, doi: 10.1002/2015RG000493

Czaja, Arnaud and Marshall, John (2015) Why is there net surface heating over the Antarctic Circumpolar Current? Ocean Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s10236-015-0830-1

Ferreira, D., and Marshall, J. (2015) Freshwater transport in the coupled ocean-atmosphere system: a passive ocean Ocean Dynamics, vol. 65, pp. 1029–1036, doi:10.1007/s10236-015-0846-6

Ferreira, D., Marshall, J., Bitz, C.M., Solomon, S., and A. Plumb (2015) Antarctic Ocean and Sea Ice Response to Ozone Depletion: A Two-Time-Scale Problem Journal of Climate, vol. 28, pp. 1206–1226, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00313.1

A. Romanou and J.Marshall (2015) Ocean heat and carbon uptake in transient climate change: Identifying model uncertainty US CLIVAR VARIATIONS, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 8-11

Song, H., Marshall, J., Gaube, P., and McGuillicudy, D (2015) Anomalous chlorofluorocarbon uptake by mesoscale eddies in the Drake Passage region Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 120, no. 2, pp. 1065–1078, doi: 10.1002/2014JC010292

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Haurwitz Prize of the American Meteorological Society (2016) | Elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (2014) | Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society (2014) | Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography (endowed chair) (2010) | Audrey Buyrn and Alan Phillips’ ‘Ally of Nature Award’ (2010) | Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (2008) | Adrian Gill Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society (2005) | L.F. Richardson Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society (1986)