SIO 219: Observational Oceanography Seminar

Spring Quarter 2005:  Work in Progress (influential papers)

Sarah Gille (email: sgille at  web:

Paul Robbins' guidelines for choosing influential papers


April 1:  organization

April 8:  Jessica Kleiss
Holthuijsen, L. H. and T. H. C. Herbers, 1986. "Statistics of Breaking Waves Observed as Whitecaps in the Open Sea." J. Phys. Oceanogr., 16, 290-297.

April 11:  Elena Brambilla
McCartney, M. S. and L. D. Talley, 1982. "The Subpolar Mode Water of the North Atlantic Ocean" J. Phys. Oceanogr., 12, 1169-1188.

April 22:  Sarah Zedler
Klein, P., G. Lapeyre, and W. G. Large, 2004. "Wind ringing of the ocean in presence of mesoscale eddies", Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L15306, doi:10.1029/2004GL020274.

April 29:  Leonel Romero
Donelan, M.A., F.W. Dobson, S.D. Smith, and R.J. Anderson, 1993. "On the dependence of sea surface roughness on wave development". J. Phys. Oceanogr., 23, 2143-2149.

May 6:  Aurelien Ponte
Winant, C.D., Dorman, C.E., Friehe, C.A., Beardsley, R.C., 1988. "The Marine Layer off Northern California: An Example of Supercritical Channel Flow". J. Atmos. Sci., 45, 3588-3605.

May 13:  Jamie Holte
de Boyer Montégut, C., G. Madec, A. S. Fischer, A. Lazar, and D. Iudicon, 2004. "Mixed layer depth over the global ocean: an examination of profile data and a profile-based climatology", J. Geophys. Res., 109, C12003, doi:10.1029/2004JC002378.

May 20:  No Meeting: PORD/CRD "Christmas Party" (11:30-2; NH 101 patio)

May 27:  Marissa Yates
Revell, D. L., P. D. Komar, and A. H. Sallenger, Jr., 2002. "An Application of LIDAR to Analyses of El Nino Erosion in the Netarts Littoral Cell, Oregon." J. Coastal Res., 18 (issue 4), 792-801.

June 3:  Hey Jin Kim
Roemmich, D and J. McGowan, 1995. "Climatic Warming and the Decline of Zooplankton in the California Current." Science 267(5202), 1324-1326. See also Correction

June 10:  Shane Elipot
Niiler, P. P. and J. D. Paduan, 1995. "Wind-Driven Motions in the Northeast Pacific as Measured by Lagrangian Drifters", J. Phys. Oceanogr., 25, 2819-2830.

backup presenters:  Yueng Lenn, Hyodae Seo

The observational seminar meets on Friday from 12:00-1:00 during the academic quarters, in Nierenberg Hall 400. The seminar is open to all. It is a forum for informal discussion of current literature on observational aspects of physical oceanography and for presentation of individual's work in progress. The subject matter for each quarter is determined by the participants, weighted towards the preferences of the enrolled students.

Reading each week is chosen to complement the topic. Normally the reading can be downloaded from UCSD's electronic reserves or directly from the journal. Readings that are not available electronically are placed in the NH reading room.

Enrolled students are expected to come prepared to participate in discussions and ask questions based on the reading material.