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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

My research focuses on the fluid dynamics of the ocean. I am particularly interested in ocean turbulence and mixing, ocean fronts and the surface boundary layer, and the impact of turbulence on micro-organisms. Recent work has uncovered a fascinating and poorly-understood collection of processes occurring at relatively small scales (<O(10km)) where the vertical motion is strong but stratification and the Earth's rotation are important factors. Since these motions are too small to be directly resolved by global ocean and climate models, understanding their impact on the structure and dynamics of the ocean is one of the most pressing topics in physical oceanography. Currently, I am studying the dynamics of upper ocean fronts, the turbulent boundary layer beneath melting ice shelves, stratified turbulence, and the influence of physical processes on biogeochemical dynamics. Please see my homepage (linked on the right) for more information.

Publications

The evolution of a front in turbulent thermal wind balance. Part 2. Numerical simulations
MN Crowe, JR Taylor
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2019)
880,
326
Testing the assumptions underlying ocean mixing methodologies using direct numerical simulations Testing the assumptions underlying ocean mixing methodologies using direct numerical simulations
JR Taylor, SM de Bruyn Kops, CP Caulfield, PF Linden
– Journal of Physical Oceanography
(2019)
49,
2761
Baroclinic Instability with a Simple Model for Vertical Mixing
MN Crowe, JR Taylor
– Journal of Physical Oceanography
(2019)
49,
3273
Stratification effects in the turbulent boundary layer beneath a melting ice shelf: insights from resolved large-eddy simulations
CA Vreugdenhil, JR Taylor
– Journal of Physical Oceanography
(2019)
49,
1905
Corrigendum to “Parameterization of frontal symmetric instabilities. I: Theory for resolved fronts” [Ocean Model. 109 (2017) 72–95]
SD Bachman, B Fox-Kemper, JR Taylor, LN Thomas
– Ocean Modelling
(2019)
137,
20
The evolution and arrest of a turbulent stratified oceanic bottom boundary layer over a slope: Downslope regime The evolution and arrest of a turbulent stratified oceanic bottom boundary layer over a slope: Downslope regime
X Ruan, AF Thompson, JR Taylor
– Journal of Physical Oceanography
(2019)
49,
469
Submesoscales Enhance Storm‐Driven Vertical Mixing of Nutrients: Insights From a Biogeochemical Large Eddy Simulation
DB Whitt, M Lévy, JR Taylor
– Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
(2019)
124,
8140
The growth and saturation of submesoscale instabilities in the presence of a barotropic jet
MA Stamper, JR Taylor, B Fox-Kemper
– Journal of Physical Oceanography
(2018)
48,
2779
The evolution of a front in turbulent thermal wind balance. Part 1. Theory
MN Crowe, JR Taylor
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2018)
850,
179
Large-eddy simulations of stratified plane Couette flow using the anisotropic minimum-dissipation model
CA Vreugdenhil, JR Taylor
– Physics of Fluids
(2018)
30,
085104
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Research Groups

Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
High-Reynolds-Number Fluid Flow

Room

H1.14

Telephone

01223 337030