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RAP opportunity at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration     NOAA

The Role of the Tropical Oceans in Climate


Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Pacific Marine Environment Lab

opportunity location
26.77.85.B5364 Seattle , WA 98115


name email phone
Michael James McPhaden 206.619.8206


A large amount of moored time series data and shipboard hydrographic data have been collected over the past 25 years in the tropical Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as part of national and international research programs focusing on the ocean’s role in seasonal-to-decadal climate. In addition, an ocean observing system for climate has recently been developed in the Indian Ocean. Specific phenomena of interest include El Niño, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, the Indian Ocean dipole, and tropical Atlantic climate variability. Data from the tropical ocean observing systems are being used to describe variations in circulation and water mass properties; to diagnose the oceanic heat, momentum, and fresh water budgets; and to determine oceanic feedbacks to the atmosphere. Opportunities exist for the interpretation of these measurements through data analysis, modeling, and/or theoretical studies.



Foltz GR, McPhaden MJ: Geophysical Research Letters 35: L20706, doi:10.1029/2008GL035042, 2008

Nagura M, McPhaden MJ: Journal of Geophysical Research 115: C11026, doi:10.1029/2010JC006423, 2010


key words
Atlantic Ocean; Climate variations; Currents (marine); El Niño; Indian Ocean; Ocean temperature; Pacific Ocean; Tropical regions;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$58,000.00 $2,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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