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Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program
BS, Mathematics and Physics, 1988
University of Michigan
Office: 3020 C.C. Little Building
Lab: 3023 C.C. Little Building
Mailing address: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
2534 C.C. Little Building
1100 N. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1105
Email: arbic AT umich DOT edu
I have a dry appointment in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences.
I am a physical oceanographer. I am primarily interested in the dynamics and energy budgets of oceanic mesoscale eddies (the oceanic equivalent of atmospheric weather systems), the large-scale oceanic general circulation, and tides. I have also studied paleotides, tsunamis, and the decadal variability of subsurface ocean temperatures and salinities. My primary tools are numerical models of the ocean. I use both realistic models, such as the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) being used as a U.S. Navy ocean forecast model, and idealized models. I frequently compare the outputs of such models to oceanic observations, taken with a variety of instruments. Comparison of models and observations helps us to improve our models as well as our ideas about how the ocean works. My research has often been interdisciplinary, involving collaborations with scientists outside of my discipline, such as glaciologists, geodynamicists, and marine geophysicists.
Students and postdocs interested in joining our group should have strong quantitative skills--for instance training in physical oceanography or related fields, or skills in mathematics, physics, or computer programming. Click here for information on current opportunities to join our group. For information on applying to the graduate program in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan, click here. Professor Arbic also works with graduate students from other departments and programs, for instance Physics, Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, and AOSS.