Joseph Pedlosky

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Joseph Pedlosky
Born (1938-04-07) April 7, 1938 (age 79)
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
Fields Oceanography, fluid dynamics
Institutions Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago
Thesis The stability of currents in the atmosphere and the ocean (1963)
Doctoral advisor Jule Charney

Joseph Pedlosky (born April 7, 1938) is an American physical oceanographer.[1] He is a scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanography Institute. Pedlosky was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1985. He is the author of the textbooks Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Ocean Circulation Theory, and Waves in the Ocean and Atmosphere: Introduction to Wave Dynamics.[2]


He completed his Ph.D. in 1963 under the supervision of Jule Charney at MIT.


Pedlosky has made fundamental contributions in the study of baroclinic instability and the thermal structure of the ocean, particularly the oceanic thermocline.

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  1. ^ a b "Pedlosky Receives 2011 Maurice Ewing Medal" (PDF). Eos. 93 (2): 22. 10 January 2012. Bibcode:2012EOSTr..93...22P. doi:10.1029/2012eo020016. 
  2. ^ Pedlosky, J., Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Springer-Verlag, 1987.

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