Kurt Polzin

Physical Oceanographer
Associate Scientist
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, 
1996-99, Associate Scientist, 1999-present, Woods Hole Oceanographic 

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.


 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),

 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., E. Kunze, J. M. Toole and R. W. Schmitt, 1997. The
partitioning of small-scale energy into internal waves and vortices:
Implications for horizontal mixing, submitted.

 Polzin, K. L. and E. T. Montgomery.  Microstructure profiling with
the High Resolution Profiler.  Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic 
Technology, submitted.
 Ferron, B., H. Mercier, K. Speer, Ann Gargett, K. Polzin, 1997.  Mixing in
the Romanche Fracture Zone.  Journal of Physical Oceanography, 28 (10),

 Ledwell, J. R., E. T. Montgomery, K. L. Polzin, L. C. St.Laurent, R. W. 
Schmitt and J. M. Toole, 2000.  Evidence for enhanced mixing over rough 
topography in the abyssal ocean.  Nature, 403, 179-182.