Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program (GFD)


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Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program (GFD)


The GFD Program began in 1959 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with the aim of introducing a then relatively new topic in mathematical physics, geophysical fluid dynamics, to graduate students in physical sciences. It has been held each summer since and promotes an exchange of ideas among the many distinct fields that share a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids. These fields include classical fluid dynamics, physical oceanography, meteorology, astrophysics, planetary atmospheres, geological fluid dynamics, hydromagnetics, and applied mathematics.

Recent Submissions

  • Caulfield, Colm-cille; Doering, Charles (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2013-11)
    The 2012 GFD Program theme was Coherent structures with Professors Jeffrey Weiss of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Edgar Knobloch of the University of California at Berkeley serving as principal lecturers. ...
  • Lebovitz, Norman; Morrison, Philip (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2011-08)
    The theme for the Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics for the summer of 2011 was Shear Turbulence: onset and structure. Ten days of principal lectures by FabianWale e and Rich Kerswell began the summer, and a large ...
  • Balmforth, Neil J.; Thiffeault, Jean-Luc (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2011-06)
    Swirling and Swimming in Turbulence was the theme at the 2010 GFD Program. Professors Glenn Flierl (M.I.T.), Antonello Provenzale (ISAC-CNR, Turin) and Jean-Luc Thiffeault (University of Wisconsin) were the principal ...
  • Buhler, Oliver; Helfrich, Karl R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2010-01)
    The fiftieth year of the program was dedicated to Nonlinear Waves, a topic with many applications in geophysical fluid dynamics. The principal lectures were given jointly by Roger Grimshaw and Harvey Segur and between ...
  • Stern, Melvin E.; Mellor, Florence K. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1979-11)
    The emphasis in this year's GFD program has been somewhat different from the past. We have tried to expose a theoretically oriented audience to the new body of observations pertaining to the Arctic and Antarctic ...