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Christopher Garrett

Professor Christopher Garrett FRS


Elected: 1993


Through his seminal contributions to geophysical fluid dynamics, Christopher Garrett has clarified and illuminated a range of processes basic to our understanding of the ocean and to the interpretation of observations. After early work on wave trains in inhomogeneous media, he collaborated with Walter Munk to systematise knowledge of the spectrum of internal waves, leading to his important work on fine structure, mixing and dispersion in the ocean. The breadth of his interests is wide, ranging from the generation of Langmuir circulations by surface waves to iceberg trajectories and ocean tides. He has received the President’s Prize of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (1979) and the Huntsman Award (1982).

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Ocean engineering, Physical oceanography