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RAP opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory     NRL

Predicting ocean physics across scales


Naval Research Laboratory, MS, Ocean Sciences

opportunity location
64.17.01.C0733 Stennis Space Center, MS 395295004


name email phone
Gregg Jacobs 228.688.4720


Ocean physics span a wide spectrum of scales from global to wind-driven surface waves.  Predicting these features requires a range of understanding.  The first is understanding underlying physics involving the forces of planetary rotation, the vertical stratification of density, and horizontal gradients of pressure.  Scale separation can help reveal some of the dynamical balances, and further studies require application of realistic numerical models.  The second part is understanding the vast range of ocean observations and the particular information each instrument may reveal of these physical processes.  These observations include satellite and in situ.  Finally, the third part is utilizing observations to make corrections to numerical ocean model forecasts.  This requires combining the understanding of both the physics and the observation systems.  This is an opportunity to expand the scientific understanding of all these areas and demonstrate the advancement of ocean prediction across broad ranges of scales.


Jacobs, Gregg, Joseph M. D’Addezio, Hans Ngodock, and Innocent Souopgui. "Observation and model resolution implications to ocean prediction." Ocean Modelling 159 (2021): 101760.


Jacobs, Gregg A., Joseph M. D'Addezio, Brent Bartels, and Peter L. Spence. "Constrained scales in ocean forecasting." Advances in Space Research 68, no. 2 (2021): 746-761.


Jacobs, Gregg A., Charlie N. Barron, Cheryl A. Blain, Matthew J. Carrier, Joseph M. D'Addezio, Robert W. Helber, Jackie C. May et al. Operational ocean data assimilation. NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS DETACHMENT STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS, 2018.


key words
oceanography; fluid dynamics; geophysical fluid dynamics; data assimilation; numerical modeling; ocean prediction; satellite oceanography


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,830.00 $3,000.00
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