Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Upper-ocean and mixed-layer dynamics; global ocean circulation; large-scale heat transport in the ocean; coastal upwelling; the Atlantic circumpolar current.

Current Research

Theory of development of large-scale stratification and circulation in response to wind and surface heating; response of surface mixed-layer storms.


BS, University of New South Wales (Honors Applied Mathematics), 1967
PhD, Nova University (Physcial Oceanography), 1973


Effects of alongshore wind stress at the eastern boundary on circulation in the ocean pycnocline. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 22, 247-267, 1992 (R.A. de Szoeke).

Evidence of time-dependent Sverdrup circulation in the South Pacific from the Seasat scatterometer and altimeter. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 22, 934-943, 1992 (A. Mestas-Nuez, D. Chelton and R.A. de Szoeke).

Microstructure fluxes across density surfaces. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 23, 2254-2264, 1993 (R.A. de Szoeke and A.F. Bennett).

A model of wind and buoyancy-driven ocean circulation. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 25, 918-941, 1995 (R.A. de Szoeke).