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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 30 years in the tropical Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans as part of national and international research programs focusing on the ocean’s role in seasonal-to-decadal climate. Specific phenomena of interest include El Niño, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, the Indian Ocean dipole, the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and tropical Atlantic climate variability. Data from the tropical ocean observing systems are being used to describe variations in ocean 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.



Lübbecke, J. F. and M. J. McPhaden, 2014: Assessing the 21st century shift in ENSO variability in terms of the Bjerknes stability index. J. Climate, 27, 2577-2587. doi:

McPhaden, M. J. and M. Nagura, 2014: Indian Ocean Dipole interpreted in terms of Recharge Oscillator theory. Clim. Dyn., 42, 1569–1586. doi 10.1007/s00382-013-1765-1.


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
$68,460.00 $3,000.00

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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