Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
B.A. (Physics), Whitman College, 1986; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography Applied Ocean Sciences and Engineering, 1992; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer Student Fellow, 1985; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Graduate Research Assistant, 1986-92; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1994-1996; School of Oceanography, University of Washington Postdoctoral Investigator, 1992-93; Assistant Scientist, 1996-present, Department of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research Interests: Observation and modeling of energy exchanges between various space and time scales of motion exhibited in the oceans. Acquisition and interpretation of fine- and microstructure measurements. Modeling and parameterizing 2- and 3-D turbulence, vertical and horizontal mixing. Wave/wave, wave/mean flow and wave/turbulence interactions.
Publications: Weller, R. A., D. Rudnick, C. C. Eriksen, K. Polzin, N. S. Oakey, J. M. Toole, R. W. Schmitt and R. T. Pollard, 1991. Forced ocean response during the frontal airsea interaction experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research, 96, 8611-8638. Toole, J. M., K. L. Polzin, and R. W. Schmitt, 1994. Estimates of diapycnal mixing in the abyssal ocean. Science, 264, 1120-1123. Polzin, K., J. M. Toole, and R. W. Schmitt, 1995. Finescale parameterizations of turbulent dissipation. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 25, 306-328. Polzin, K. L., K. G. Speer, J. M. Toole and R. W. Schmitt, 1996. Intense mixing of Antarctic bottom water in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean. Nature, 380(6569), 54-57. Polzin, K. L., N. S. Oakey, J. M. Toole and R. W. Schmitt, 1996. Fine- and microstructure characteristics across the northwest Atlantic subtropical front. Journal of Geophysical Research, 101, 1411-14121. Polzin, K. L., 1996. Statistics of the Richardson Number: mixing models and finestructure. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 26(8), 1409-1425. Toole, J. M., R. W. Schmitt, K. L. Polzin and E. Kunze, 1997. Near-boundary mixing above the flanks of a mid-latitude seamount. Journal of Geophysical Research, 102(C1), 947-959. Polzin, K. L., J. M. Toole, J. R. Ledwell and R. W. Schmitt, 1997. Spatial variability of turbulent mixing in the abyssal ocean. Science, 276, 93-96. Polzin, K. L. and E. T. Montgomery. Microstructure profiling with the High Resolution Profiler, Journal of Atmosphere & Oceanic Technology, submitted. Ferron, B., H. Mercier, K. Speer, A. Gargett and K. L. Polzin. Mixing in the Romanche Fracture Zone. Journal of Physical Oceanography, submitted. Polzin, K. L., E. Kunze, J. M. Toole and R. W. Schmitt. The partitioning of small-scale energy into internal waves and geostrophic motions: Implications for horizontal mixing. In preparation. Polzin, K. L. Abyssal mixing: inertial subrange solutions for the energy balance of the finescale internal wave field. In preparation.