Ocean in the Earth System: Waves by Christian Klepp

Zoltán Szüts


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Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie

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D-20146 Hamburg




Ozean im Erdsystem



Forschungsgruppe des Direktors


Broadly speaking, I am interested in how variability in the ocean contributes to net fluxes that contribute to global climate.  With a strong background in using a variety of instruments and leading field work, I primarily approach these questions with direct measurements in the ocean.  Often, however, the full state field of numerical models can help to interpret the larger impact.  I am particularily interested in how ocean variability and eddies/waves contribute to transports or fluxes (of volume, temperature, salinity/freshwater, energy), whether in an advective sense or a diffusive sense.  Such fluxes are the way by which the ocean adjusts to changes in forcing or climate, from periods of less than a day to multiple decades.  My specific interests are:

  • The nature of baroclinic and barotropic modes in the water column, and consistency between independent measurement systems
  • Meso-scale eddies and planetary waves, and how they participate in large-scale circulation and adjustment
  • Energetics and energy pathways of large-scale waves at a western boundary.
  • Interpreting submarine cable for volume, temperature, and salinity transport.
  • Salinity and freshwater transport in the subtropical Atlantic.
  • The theory of how motionally-induced electric fields are generated in the ocean, and how well oceanic velocities can be calculated from in situ electric field observations.
  • Development and use of instruments of all types for making physical oceanography observations (CTDs, ADCPs, current meters, moored CTDs, Lagrangian drifters, vertical profilers, inverted echo sounders, bottom pressure recorders, altimetric SSH, and electric field sensors).
  • Methodologies for collected long time series and using distributed observational networks.
Projekte und Co-workers


Jochem Marotzke, Maria Paz Chidichimo, Kenji Shimizu (MPIM, Hamburg)

Stuart Cunningham, Harry Bryden, Joël Hirschi, Eleanor Frajka-Williams, Elaine McDonagh (NOCS, Southampton, UK)

Chris Meinen and Molly Baringer (NOAA-AOML, Miami, USA), Bill Johns (RSMAS, Miami, USA)

  • Z.B. Szuts.  (in prep).  Energy and energy flux of low-frequency baroclinic waves across the Atlantic at 26°N.
  • Z.B. Szuts, C. Meinen, M.O. Baringer.  (in prep).  Calibrating the Florida Straits cable for salinity transport.
  • Z.B. Szuts, J.R. Blundell, M.P. Chidichimo, and J. Marotzke.  2011.  A vertical mode decomposition to investigate low-frequency internal motion across the Atlantic at 26°N.  Ocean Sci Discuss. 8: 2047-2100.  doi:Opens external link in current window10.5194/osd-8-2047-2011.
  • Z.B. Szuts and T. Sanford.  (in revision for Deep Sea Res. II).  Observations of vertically-averaged velocity in the North Atlantic Current from field trials of electromagnetic instruments.
  • Z.B. Szuts.  (in press, Prog. Oceanogr.).  Motionally-induced electric fields as an indirect measure of oceanic velocity: instrumental and theoretical developments. doi: Opens external link in current window10.1016/j.pocean.2011.11.014
  • Z.B. Szuts.  2010.  The relationship between ocean velocity and motionally-induced electrical signals, part 1: in the presence of horizontal velocity gradients.  J. Geophys. Res. (Oceans), 115, C06003.  doi: 10.1029/2009JC006053.
  • Z.B. Szuts.  2010.  The relationship between ocean velocity and motionally-induced electrical signals, part 2: in the presence of sloping topography.  J. Geophys. Res. (Oceans), 115, C06004.  doi: 10.1029/2009JC006054.
  • You, Y., T. Sanford, C.-T. Liu, P. Sigray, M. Koga, W. Pandoe, J. H. Lee, N. Palshin, Z. Szuts and K. Taira. 2009. The First PACSWIN Submarine Cable Workshop. CLIVAR Exchange, 14(4): 11-13.
Curriculum vitae

School of Oceanography and Applied Physics Lab

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Ph.D. in Oceanography, 2008.  Thesis advisor: Thomas B Sanford

The interpretation of motionally induced electric fields in oceans of complex geometry.


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