Physical oceanographers hire a wide variation of scientific skills and approaches, from the most vivid to the most conceptual, to explain oceanic motions whereas, theoreticians and modelers explains the observed flow and the formation of temperature and salinity distributions in the ocean. This work can involve the construction of the simplest mathematical models as a means of clarifying some new, unexpected process.
The ocean as a dynamic fluid is studied at a broad range of spatial scales, from the centimetre scales admissible to turbulent microstructure through the many thousand kilometre scales of the ocean gyres and global overturning circulation. Approaches include theory, direct observation, and computer simulation. Our research frequently takes place in the context of important multidisciplinary concern including the dynamics and predictability of global climate and the sustainability of human use in coastal and estuarine regions.