Louis St. Laurent
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1999
Dr. Louis St. Laurent
My research focuses on tides, waves, and turbulent mixing. Tides and waves seem to be everywhere at the same time in the ocean, not just at the surface but also in the fluid interior. These processes provide the kinetic energy that drives turbulence and mixing. The latter governs heat transfer in the ocean and is of primary concern to studies of the ocean's role in climate. I am also working on a number of modeling studies designed to investigate the impact of rough topography on the ocean circulation.