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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Professor Sybren Drijfhout 

Professor in Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics

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Professor Sybren Drijfhout is Part-time (20%) Professor in Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

My aim is contributing to state-of-the-art climate modelling at NOCS

At UoS I have been involved in setting-up a research program on the role of the ocean in climate, based on the ambition to link previous work on the AMOC carried out at NOCS, through a.o. the RAPID program, to climate research. To this end we use the Met Office’s climate model, HadGEM3, at UoS. At present we focus on performing seasonal and decadal predictions, applying a new initialisation method that does not require drift correction. We work together on this subject with NCAR and European partners in the EU-program “Blue Action”, linking changes in the Arctic and North Atlantic subpolar gyre to climate and weather patterns over Europe.

Research interests

My main research interests revolve around the role of the ocean in climate change, and vice versa, the impact of climate change on the ocean, in particular the stability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and abrupt climate change. Apart from doing fundamental and strategic research I am interested to contribute to developing climate change scenarios for the marine environment, including sea level rise.

Affiliate research group:
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

Research group

Physical Oceanography

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Book Chapters

  • Drijfhout, S. S., Marshall, D. P., & Dijkstra, H. A. (2013). Conceptual models of the wind-driven and thermohaline circulation. In G. Siedler, S. Griffies, J. Gould, & J. Church (Eds.), Ocean Circulation and Climate: A 21st Century Perspective. 2nd Ed (pp. 257-282). (International Geophysics; No. 103). Academic Press.
  • Drijfhout, S. S., de Steur, L., & van Leeuwen, P. J. (2002). Decay of Agulhas Rings. In P. Muller, & C. Garret (Eds.), From stirring to mixing in a stratified ocean (pp. 67-71). University of Hawaii.
Professor Sybren Drijfhout
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/256/13

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