Wednesday February 21, 2018 Site Updated: May 18, 2015 Doron Nof, Ph.D.
Distinguished Nansen Professor of Physical Oceanography
(850) 644-2736
Mailing Address: Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
419, 117 N. Woodward Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306
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Physical Oceanography Research

Dr. Nof has always been active in various aspects of physical oceanography. His topics of interest in the past have been: flows through straits and passages, boundary current dynamics, upwelling in coastal regions, the dynamics of eddies in the upper and deep ocean, equatorial dynamics, general circulation problems, and cross-equatorial flows. The flow through the Bering Strait and its influence on the formation of deep water in the Atlantic is of present interest. Some of his work has had impact not only on physical oceanography but also on other aspects of human endeavors; his theories the Red Sea crossing & Walking on ice has been discussed in major newspapers and editorials around the world including the New York Times.

Earth His research has been enhanced by visits to the Summer Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1986, 1988, 1997; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Hobart, Australia, 1987; School of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia, 1986; University of Paris, Laboratoire D'Oceanographie Dynamique et de Climatologie, 1987. Also, I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Tokyo University, and Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) in 1996.

His grant support comes from several agencies, the most recent being: The Agulhas-Brazil Current Domino (National Science Foundation, 2003-07); Variability of the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2001-04); and a NASA Fellowship Grant for his Ph.D.student, Cathrine Sandal, to study The Role of the Bering Strait in the General Oceanic Circulation and Climate (2003-06).

The figure on your left shows convergence of Pacific water (Q2) and South Atlantic water (Q1) in the deep water formation region


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