Carl Wunsch

Carl Wunsch

Professor Emeritus of Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Visiting Professor of Physical Oceanography and Climate, Harvard University
Carl  Wunsch

 

Carl Wunsch is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor Emeritus of Physical Oceanography at MIT. His area of expertise is physical oceanography and its relation to climate. His work is generally in the area relating global scale observations to theoretical and modeling ideas. Large-scale state estimation and inverse methods are used to determine the ocean circulation and its properties and variability on time scales of millennia to hours. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society and has received a number of awards including the Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union, 2006 and the 2015 Walter Munk Medal. Prof. Wunsch is the author or co-author of about 250 scientific papers and the author of several books including, Ocean Acoustic Tomography (with W. Munk and P. Worcester); The Ocean Circulation Inverse Problem; and Discrete Inverse and State Estimation Problems, all with Cambridge and Modern Observational Physical Oceanography (2015, with Princeton U. Press).