Professor Emeritus

Burt 302

Research Interests

Statistical analysis of satellite data; coastal oceanography and eastern boundary currents; air-sea interaction; biophysical interactions in the coastal oceans.

Current Research

Analysis of winds and satellite images of surface temperature, chlorophyll, and height in the eastern boundary currents.


BS, University of California, Davis (Electrical Engineering), 1969
AB, University of California, Davis (Philosophy), 1969
MS, University of California, Davis (Atmospheric Science), 1979
PhD, University of California, Davis (Atmospheric Science), 1983


Strub, P.T. and C. James, 2022. Evaluation of Nearshore QuikSCAT 4.1 and ERA-5 Wind Stress and Wind Stress Curl Fields Over Eastern Boundary Currents, Remote Sens., 14, 2251.

Saldías, G.S., P.T. Strub, R.K. Shearman, 2020. Spatio-temporal variability and ENSO modulation of turbid freshwater plumes along the Oregon coast, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106880

Strub, P. T., C. James, V. Montecino, J. A. Rutllant and J. L. Blanco, 2019. Ocean Circulation Along the Southern Chile Transition Region (38°-46°S): Mean, Seasonal and Interannual Variability, with a Focus on 2014-2016, 2019, Prog. in Oceaongr, 172: 159-198. doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2019.01.004.

Kuonen, J., Conway, F., Strub, T., 2019, Relating ocean condition forecasts to the process of end-user decision making: A case study of the Oregon commercial fishing community, Marine Technology Society Journal, 53(1), 53-66, doi:10.4031/MTSJ.53.1.1.

Kuonen, J., Conway, F., Strub, T., 2019, Navigating mental models of risk and uncertainty within the ocean forecast system: An Oregon case study, Weather, Climate and Society, 11:431-447. doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-18-0057.1.

Peterson, W.T., J.L. Fisher, P.T. Strub, X. Du, C. Risien, J. Peterson, and C.T. Shaw, 2017, The pelagic ecosystem in the northern California Current off Oregon during the 2014-2016 warm anomalies within the context of the past 20 years, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JC012952.

Risien, C. M., and P. T.  Strub, 2016. Blended sea level anomaly fields with enhanced coastal coverage along the U.S. West Coast, Scientific Data,  3:160013; doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.13.

Mayorga-Adame, C. G., P. T. Strub, H. P. Batchelder, and Y. H. Spitz, 2016, Characterizing the circulation off the Kenyan-Tanzanian coast using an ocean model, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2015JC010860.

Dhage, A. and P. T. Strub, 2016, Intra-seasonal Sea Level Variability Along the West coast of India, J. Geophys. Res., 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011904.

Strub, P. T., C. James, V. Combes, R. P. Matano, A. R. Piola, E. D. Palma, M. Saraceno, R. A. Guerrero, H. Fenco, and L. A. Ruiz Etcheverry , 2015, Altimeter-derived seasonal circulation on the southwest Atlantic shelf: 27°–43°S, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JC010769.

Strub, P.T., V. Combes, F. Shillington and O. Pizarro, 2013. Currents and Processes along the Eastern Boundaries. Chapter 14 of Ocean Circulation and Climate: A 21st Century Perspective. G. Siedler, S.M. Griffies, J. Gould & J.A. Church (Eds.). Academic Press, International Geophysics Volume 103, pp. 339-384.

Di Lorenzo, E., V. Combes, J.E. Keister, P.T. Strub, A.C. Thomas, P.J.S. Franks, M.D. Ohman, J. Furtado, A. Bracco, S.J. Bograd, W.T. Peterson, F.B. Schwing, S. Chiba, B. Taguchi, S. Hormazabal, & C. Parada, 2013. Synthesis of Pacific Ocean Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics. Oceanography, 26(4): 68-81.

Thomas, A.C., P.T. Strub, R. Weatherbee and C. James, 2012. Satellite views of Pacific chlorophyll variability: Comparisons to physical variability, local versus nonlocal influences and links to climate indices. Deep-Sea Res. II, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2012.04.008

Aguirre, C., Ó. Pizarro, P. T. Strub, R. Garreaud, and J. A. Barth, 2012. Seasonal dynamics of the near-surface alongshore flow off central Chile, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C01006, doi:10.1029/2011JC007379.

Bi, H., W.T. Peterson, and P.T. Strub, 2011. Transport and coastal zooplankton communities in the northern California Current system. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L12607, doi:10.1029/2011GL047927.

Emery, W.J., T. Strub, R. Leben, M. Foreman, J.C. McWilliams, G. Han, C. Ladd and H. Ueno, 2011. Satellite Altimetry Applications off the Coasts of North America. In: Coastal Altimetry, Vignudelli, S., A.G. Kostianoy, P. Cipollini and J. Benveniste (Eds), DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-12796-0, Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg,

Keister, J.E. and P.T. Strub, 2008. Spatial and interannual variability in mesoscale circulation in the northern California Current System: a wavelet analysis. J. Geophys. Res., 113, C04015, doi:10.1029/2007JC004256.

Saraceno, M., P.T. Strub and P.M. Kosro, 2008. Estimates of sea surface height and near surface alongshore coastal currents from combinations of altimeters and tide gauges. J. Geophys. Res., 113, C11013, doi:10.1029/2008JC004756.

Venegas, R.M., P.T. Strub, E. Beier, R. Letelier, T. Cowles, A.C. Thomas, C. James, L. Soto-Mardones and C. Cabrera 2008. Satellite-derived variability in chlorophyll pigments, wind stress, sea surface height and temperature in the northern California Current System. J. Geophys. Res., 113, C03015, doi:10.1029/2007JC004481.

Mackas, D.L., P.T. Strub, A.C. Thomas and V. Montecino, 2006. Eastern ocean boundaries – pan regional overview. In: The Global Coastal Ocean: Interdisciplinary Regional Studies and Syntheses – Pan-Regional Syntheses and the Coasts of North and South America and Asia, The Sea, vol 14A. Robinson, A. R., and K. H. Brink (eds.). Harvard University Press., Chapter 2, pp. 21-60.

Montecino, V., P.T. Strub, F. Chavez, A.C. Thomas, J. Tarazona, and T.R. Baumgartner, 2006, Biophysical interactions off western South America, In: The Global Coastal Ocean: Interdisciplinary Regional Studies and Syntheses - Pan-Regional Syntheses and the Coasts of North and South America and Asia, The Sea, vol 14A. Robinson, A. R., and K. H. Brink (eds.). Harvard University Press., Chapter 10, pp. 329-390.

Batchelder, H.P., P.T. Strub, E.J. Lessard, T.J. Weingartner, 2005. US GLOBEC biological and physical studies of plankton, fish and higher trophic level production, distribution, and variability in the northeast Pacific. Deep-Sea Res. II, 52, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2004.10.001.

Thomas, A.C., P.T. Strub, M.E. Carr, and R. Weatherbee, 2004.Comparisons of chlorophyll variability between the four major global eastern boundary currents. Int. J. Rem. Sensing, 25(7-8), 1443-1447.

Strub, P.T., and C. James, 2003. Altimeter estimates of anomalous transports into the California Current during 2000-2002. Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(15), 8025, doi:10.1029/2003GL017513.

Strub, P.T., and C. James, 2002. Altimeter-derived surface circulation in the large-scale NE Pacific Gyres: Part 1. Annual variability. Prog. Oceanogr., 53/2-4, 163-183.

Strub, P.T., and C. James, 2002. Altimeter-derived surface circulation in the large-scale NE Pacific Gyres: Part 2. 1997-1998 El Niño anomalies. Prog. Oceanogr., 53/2-4, 185-214.

Strub, P.T., and C. James, 2002. The 1997-1998 El Niño signal along the SE and NE Pacific boundaries – an altimetric view. Prog. Oceanogr., 54/1-4, 439-458.

Strub, P.T., H.P Batchelder, and T.J. Weingartner, 2002. U.S. GLOBEC Northeast Pacific Program: Overview. Oceanography, 15, 30-35.

Batchelder, H.P., J.A. Barth, P.M. Kosro, P.T. Strub, R.D. Brodeur, W.T. Peterson, C.T. Tynan, M.D. Ohman, L.W. Botsford, T.M. Powell, F.B. Schwing, D.G. Ainley, D.L. Mackas, B.M. Hickey, and S.R. Ramp, 2002. The GLOBEC Northeast Pacific California Current System Program. Oceanography, 15-2, 36-47.

Carr, M.E., P.T. Strub, A.C. Thomas, and J.L. Blanco, 2002. Evolution of 1996-1999 La Niña and El Niño conditions off the western coast of South America: A remote sensing perspective. J. Geophys. Res., 107(C12), 3236, doi:10.1029/2001/JC001183 (Article 29, pgs 1-29).

Thomas, A.C., J.L. Blanco, M.E. Carr, P.T. Strub, and J. Osses, 2001. Satellite-measured chlorophyll and temperature variability off northern Chile during the 1996-1998 La Niña and El Niño. J. Geophys. Res., 106, 899-915.

Strub, P. T., and C. James, 2000. Altimeter-derived variability of surface velocities in the California Current System: 2. Seasonal circulation and eddy statistics. Deep-Sea Res. II, 47/5-6, 831-870.

Strub, P. T., J. M. Mesias, V. Montecino-B., J. Rutllant-C. and S. Salinas-M., 1998. Coastal ocean circulation off western South America. The Sea, 11, (Robinson, A. R., and K. H. Brink, Eds.). John Wiley and Sons, NY, 273-313.

Strub, P. T., F. Shillington, C. James, and S. Weeks, 1998. Satellite comparison of the seasonal circulation in the Benguela and California Current Systems. In Benguela Dynamics: Impacts of Variability on Shelf-Sea Environments and their Living Resources. Pillar, S. C., C. L. Moloney, A. I. L. Payne and F. A. Shillington (Eds), S. Afr. J. Mar. Sci., 19, 99-112.

Hill, A. E., B. M. Hickey, F. A. Shillington, P. T. Strub, K. H. Brink, E. D. Barton, and A. C. Thomas, 1998. Eastern Ocean Boundaries. The Sea, 11 (Robinson, A. R., and K. H. Brink, Eds.). John Wiley and Sons, NY, 29-67.

Strub, P. T., T. K. Chereskin, P. P. Niiler, C. James and M. D. Levine, 1997. Altimeter- derived variability of surface velocities in the California Current System: Part 1 -- Evaluation of altimeter velocity resolution. J. Geophys. Res. 102, 12,727-12,748.

Strub, P.T., and C. James, 1995. The large-scale summer circulation of the California Current. Geophys. Res. Lettr., 22, 207-210.

Thomas, A.C., F. Huang, P.T. Strub, and C. James, 1994. A comparison of the seasonal and interannual variability of phytoplankton pigment concentrations in the Peru and California Current Systems. J. Geophys. Res., 99, 7355-7370.

Kelly, K. A., and P. T. Strub, 1992. Comparison of velocity estimates from AVHRR in the CTZ. J. Geophys. Res., 97, 9653-9668.

Strub, P. T., P. M. Kosro, A. Huyer, and CTZ Collaborators, 1991. The nature of the cold filaments in the California Current System. J. Geophys. Res., 96, 14,743-14,768.