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Carl Wunsch

Carl Wunsch

Professor Carl Wunsch ForMemRS

Foreign Member

Elected: 2002


Carl Wunsch studies the ocean and its roles in climate change. His work has provided valuable insights into the operation of various oceanic phenomena — such as eddies, tides and mixing processes. In addition, his promotion of statistical rigour has helped to transform observational studies of the ocean.

He applied inverse theory to the problem of North Atlantic circulation, thereby creating a framework to reveal the range of possible models consistent with the limited available observations. Carl was also an instigator of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, which investigated the role of the world’s oceans in the climate system.

He has received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Henry Stommel Research Award of the American Meteorological Society in 2000 and the William Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union in 2006. Carl belongs to a number of scientific organisations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Physical oceanography, Climate sciences


ocean circulation , paleoclimate, internal waves, time series analysis, ocean tides, ocean mixing

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