Carl Wunsch

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Carl Isaac Wunsch
Born (1941-05-05) May 5, 1941 (age 77)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsOceanography, Geophysics, Statistics
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University
ThesisOn the scale of the long period tides (1966)
Doctoral advisorHenry Stommel

Carl Wunsch was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, until he retired in 2013.[1] He is known for his early work in internal waves and more recently for research into the effects of ocean circulation on climate.


Wunsch received his Ph.D. in Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. He began teaching there in 1967, achieving tenure in 1970, and was named Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physical Oceanography in 1976.

Climate change[edit]

Wunsch was one of the scientists interviewed in the controversial documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle, but he complained that his views were grossly distorted by context.[1] [2]

Selected honors[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Carl Wunsch, Discrete Inverse and State Estimation Problems, 2006. ISBN 0-521-85424-5
  • Carl Wunsch, The Ocean Circulation Inverse Problem, 1996. ISBN 0-521-48090-6
  • Walter Munk, Peter Worcester, and Carl Wunsch, Ocean Acoustic Tomography, Cambridge University Press, 1995. ISBN 0-521-47095-1


  1. ^ Hill, Helen (31 May 2013). "Faculty News". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 4 February 2014.

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