November 7, 2015
- Relative Dispersion in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. D. Balwada, J.H. LaCasce, K.G. Speer, and R. Ferrari, Journal of Physical Oceanography, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 553--574, 2021.Near-inertial waves and turbulence driven by the growth of swell. G.L. Wagner, G.P. Chini, A. Ramadhan, B. Gallet, and R. Ferrari, Journal of Physical Oceanography, no. 2, pp. 1337--1351, 2021.
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I am an oceanographer interested in the dynamics of the ocean and climate with active research efforts in the areas of atmospheric and oceanic turbulence, air-sea interactions, the energetics of the ocean circulation, the impact of ocean physics on biology, and questions of paleoclimate. In my research I use a combination of theoretical fluid dynamics, numerical modeling, and analysis of observations.
Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography
Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate
Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Bldg 54-1620 (The Green Building)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Cambridge, MA 02139
Email: rferrari at mit.edu
May 20, 2015
As the seasons change, so too does the strength of ocean currents. A new study from MIT researchers published last month in Nature Communications provides evidence that not only do certain currents become stronger in certain seasons, but also that this seasonality affects both marine life and climate.
June 2, 2014
The paleoclimate record for the last ice age — a time 21,000 years ago called the “Last Glacial Maximum” (LGM) — tells of a cold Earth whose northern continents were covered by vast ice sheets. Chemical traces from plankton fossils in deep-sea sediments reveal rearranged…
The paleoclimate record for the last ice age — a time 21,000 years ago called the “Last Glacial Maximum” (LGM) — tells of a cold Earth whose northern continents were covered by vast ice sheets. Chemical traces from plankton fossils in deep-sea sediments…
October 6, 2013
September’s here, and classes in MIT’s Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) have begun. Faculty, post docs, researchers, and graduate students continue to explore the ocean on computers, in lab experiments, and on oceanographic research cruises. At the same time, we’re hearing echoes of PAOC’s programs in oceanography and the ocean’s role in climate far beyond MIT, as several past graduates and post docs gain new faculty appointments at top universities.
May 20, 2013
Malte Jansen, PhD’13 for Equilibration of an Atmosphere by Geostrophic Turbulence.
Dr. Jansen’s thesis work was supervised by Prof. Raffaele Ferrari. Dr. Jansen is now a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow working with Isaac Held at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)/ Princeton to work on polar amplification of climate signals