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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 influence of front strength on the development and equilibration of symmetric instability. Part 1. Growth & saturation
AF Wienkers, LN Thomas, JR Taylor
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2021)
926,
a7
The influence of front strength on the development and equilibration of symmetric instability. Part 1. Growth and saturation
AF Wienkers, LN Thomas, JR Taylor
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2021)
926,
a6
Estimating Dissipation Rates Associated With Double Diffusion
L Middleton, EC Fine, JA MacKinnon, MH Alford, JR Taylor
– Geophysical Research Letters
(2021)
48,
ARTN e2021GL092779
Shear-induced breaking of internal gravity waves
CJ Howland, JR Taylor, CP Caulfield
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2021)
921,
a24
Quantifying mixing and available potential energy in vertically periodic simulations of stratified flows
CJ Howland, JR Taylor, CP Caulfield
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2021)
914,
a12
Topography generation by melting and freezing in a turbulent shear flow
LA Couston, E Hester, B Favier, JR Taylor, PR Holland, A Jenkins
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2021)
911,
A44
Numerical Simulations of Melt-Driven Double-Diffusive Fluxes in a Turbulent Boundary Layer beneath an Ice Shelf
L Middleton, CA Vreugdenhil, PR Holland, JR Taylor
– Journal of Physical Oceanography
(2021)
51,
403
Turbulence in Forced Stratified Shear Flows
KM Smith, CP Caulfield, JR Taylor
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2021)
910,
a42
The evolution and arrest of a turbulent stratified oceanic bottom boundary layer over a slope: Upslope regime and PV dynamics
X Ruan, AF Thompson, JR Taylor
– Journal of Physical Oceanography
(2021)
51,
1077
Enhanced mixing across the gyre boundary at the Gulf Stream front.
JO Wenegrat, LN Thomas, MA Sundermeyer, JR Taylor, EA D'Asaro, JM Klymak, RK Shearman, CM Lee
– Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
(2020)
117,
17607
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Research Groups

Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
High-Reynolds-Number Fluid Flow

Room

H1.14

Telephone

01223 337030