Expertise of CICS Investigators
Alistair Adcroft, Research Oceanographer, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Numerical models of ocean circulation (both global scale and small); climate models; and the development of an iceberg model for use in climate models
Venkatramani Balaji, Head, Modeling System Group, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
The intersection of science and software: the use of information technology to facilitate the science of developers of Earth System Models at GFDL and Princeton; and providing a software environment where scientific groups can develop new physics and new algorithms concurrently, and coordinate periodically - GFDL Flexible Modeling System (FMS).
Michael Bender, Professor of Geosciences.
Studies of biogeochemistry and paleoclimatology involving measuring the changing concentration and isotopic composition of O2 in air on various timescales, and using the results to characterize the fertility of ecosystems and to study Earth’s climate history
Elie Bou-Zeid, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research focuses on combining numerical, experimental, and analytical tools to study the basic dynamics of flow and transport in environmental systems. The aim is to study how Environmental Fluid Mechanics relate to problems in climate change, air quality, hydrology, and sustainable development.
Enrique Curchitser, Associate Research Professor at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.
General circulation of the ocean, dynamics of eastern boundary currents and shelf circulation, sea-ice ocean interactions, effects of bathymetry, coupled biophysical and numerical modeling
Stephan Fueglistaler, Assistant Professor of Geosciences.
Role of the stratosphere on climate (chemical/radiative/dynamical feedbacks); processes controlling atmospheric water vapour concentrations; general circulation and sensitivity to GHG concentrations; cloud microphysics (cirrus and polar stratospheric clouds); planetary atmospheres and the evolution of Earth's climate; software design; the tropical tropopause layer; stratospheric water vapour; polar stratospheric clouds
Lars Hedin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Princeton Environmental Institute.
Ecosystem analysis, with emphasis on the emergence and maintenance of geographically broad patterns in cycling of nutrients and greenhouse trace gases
Robert Key, Research Oceanographer, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Large Scale Ocean Circulation and global climate change, marine geochemistry and biogeochemistry, construction of global ocean data products for carbon cycle investigations.
Sonya Legg, Senior Research Oceanographer, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Lecturer in Geosciences, Associate Director of CICS.
The role of small-scale ocean mixing in the climate system, including mixing by tides, internal wave breaking, gravity currents and oceanic convection.
Denise Mauzerall, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.
Air pollution, climate change
George L. Mellor, Professor of Mechanics, Mechanical and Aerospace Dynamics, Emeritus. Senior Oceanographer.
Understanding and modeling of oceans including turbulent mixing and coupling of surface waves and three-dimensional, oceanic circulation.
David Medvigy, Assistant Professor of Geosciences.
Relationships between regional climate, terrestrial ecosystem structure and functioning, and the carbon cycle. Use of observationally-constrained models to understand how these relationships will adjust to drivers of global change.
Lie-Yauw Oey, Research Scientist, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Ocean physics (processes) and observational data analyses; ocean and geophysical fluid dynamics modeling; hindcasts and forecasts; waves; data-assimilation analyses and algorithms; geostrophic turbulences, air-sea interaction, ocean response to hurricanes, waves, sediment; mud-fluid interaction, mixed-layer physics, ice physics and modeling, deep processes
Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.
Climate change science and climate change policy: ice sheets, sea level rise, vulnerable ecosystems, climate-inducted migrations. Defining “dangerous anthropogenic interference” in the climate system.
Steve Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Director, Princeton Environmental Institute.
Population biology and community ecology of plants; theoretical and mathematical ecology; global interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.
George Philander, Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences.
Oceanic Circulation, Ocean-Atmospheric Interactions, Climate Fluctuations, Paleoclimates
Keith Rodgers, Associate Research Scholar, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Use of models to identify and understand dynamical controls on seasonal to interannual to decadal variability in the carbon cycle
Jorge L. Sarmiento, George J. Magee Professor of Geoscience and Geological Engineering, Professor of Geosciences. Director, CICS and the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Director of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM).
Global Carbon Cycle, Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics, Ocean Circulation, Paleoceanography
Olga Sergienko, Associate Research Scientist, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Glaciology; modeling large- and small-scale processes in glaciers and ice sheets with focus on ice dynamics and thermodynamics.
Daniel Sigman, Dusenbury Professor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences, Professor of Geosciences.
Use of stable isotopes to study the nitrogen cycle, today and in the past; the interaction of biogeochemical cycles with ocean circulation and climate, focusing on recent glacial cycles; construction of geochemical models for Earth history studies; chemical oceanography, sediment geochemistry
Frederik Simons, Associate Professor of Geosciences
Research encompasses various aspects of solid-earth geophysics. More specifically, he studies the physical properties of the terrestrial lithosphere, focusing in particular on the elastic and thermo-mechanical properties of the continents, by seismic tomography and the spectral analysis of gravity and topography
James Smith, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Director, Program in Geological Engineering.
Hydrology, hydraulics and hydrometeorology of extreme floods.
Alexander Smits, Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering , Chair
Director Gas Dynamics Laboratory
Research interests are centered on fundamental, experimental research in turbulence and fluid mechanics. Particular aspects include the behavior of turbulent flows at subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds, the response of boundary layers to extra strain rates and other strong perturbations; Mach and Reynolds number effects on turbulence; the effects of roughness, shock¬wave/turbulent boundary layer interactions; flow control; Taylor-Couette flows; fluid-structure interaction; sports ball aerodynamics and the development of new and improved measurement techniques.
Erik Vanmarcke, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests include: stochastic systems; random fields and random media; risk assessment and management; seismic risk and earthquake ground motions; hurricanes and related economic losses under various climate change scenarios; wind-related debris damage; geologic hazards and probabilistic site characterization; dam safety; structural reliability; random vibrations; optimum design based on reliability; modeling the energy density fluctuations in the early universe and the formation of cosmic structure.
Bess Ward, William J. Sinclair Professor of Geosciences. Chair, Department of Geosciences
Nitrogen Cycle and molecular ecology of microorganisms involved in the transformations of inorganic and organic nitrogen in the ocean and in sediment environments
Eric Wood, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hydroclimatology with an emphasis on land atmospheric interactions; terrestrial remote sensing; seasonal hydrologic climate forecasts, including land-climate teleconnections; terrestrial water and energy balances and fluxes over a range of spatial and temporal scales; remote-sensing research focuses on estimating the hydrologic and energetic states of the terrestrial system; validating satellite retrievals on land surface states
Michael Celia, Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Peter Jaffe, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Physical, chemical, and biological processes that govern the transport and transformation of pollutants in the environment and their application toward the remediation of contaminated systems
Simon Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Ecology, environmental economics, epidemics, evolution.
Francois Morel, Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences
Aquatic chemistry, biogeochemical cycles, ecology, environmental science
Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Hydrology,Ecohydrology. Fluvial geomorphology.
Environmental and water resources engineering.