David Marshall

Research Interests

The aim of my research is to understand the fluid dynamics of the global ocean circulation and its impact on climate. We employ a wide range of tools including idealised mathematical models (solved with pen and paper), idealised numerical models (run on desktop computers), state-of-the art ocean circulation models (run on national supercomputers) and analysis of observations. Areas of current research include: dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current/Southern Ocean and impacts on global stratification, heat uptake and the carbon cycle; dynamics of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation and its response to surface forcing; interactions between ocean eddies and the large-scale circulation; impact of variable bottom topography on ocean circulation; dynamics of western boundary currents, such as the Gulf Stream, and their separation. I encourage my students to develop a broad interest in dynamical oceanography and am interested in supervising projects on any of these or related topics.



Personal Research Keywords

Ocean circulation, geophysical fluid dynamics, climate dynamics, turbulence, mathematical modelling, computational fluid dynamics

Contact Details


Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics
Clarendon Laboratory
Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PU