Joseph Pedlosky

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Joseph Pedlosky
Born (1938-04-07) April 7, 1938 (age 80)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsOceanography, fluid dynamics
InstitutionsWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago
ThesisThe stability of currents in the atmosphere and the ocean (1963)
Doctoral advisorJule 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, Joseph (10 January 2012). "Pedlosky Receives 2011 Maurice Ewing Medal" (PDF). Eos. 93 (2): 22. Bibcode:2012EOSTr..93...22P. doi:10.1029/2012eo020016.
  2. ^ Pedlosky, J., Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Springer-Verlag, 1987.

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