Paul Spence

Climate Change Research Centre,
University of New South Wales,
Sydney, Australia, 2052

DECRA Fellow, Australian Research Council

Research Associate,
Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
Ph: +61 2 9385 9766,
Fax: +61 2 9385 8969

Dr. Walter Munk signs my surfboard

My Research

My research aims to improve our understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics with a particular focus on the Oceans role in past and future climate change. I spend a lot of time developing high resolution ocean climate models to address questions such as:

i) What roles do mesoscale ocean processes play in the Atlantic and Southern Ocean overturning circulations?

ii) How will the ocean circulation respond to projected anthropogenic buoyancy and wind stress forcing?

iii) What role did changes in the ocean circulation play in past climate events such as the Permian-Triassic and Eocence-Oligocence mass extinctions?

  • An animation of temperature and salinity from a 1/4 degree global ocean model simulation I helped create is shown below (it may take a moment to start):