Portrait of James Girton

James Girton

Affiliate Assistant Professor


James Girton's research primarily investigates ocean processes involving small-scale turbulence and mixing and their influence at the larger-scale. He uses novel observational research techniques to study phenomena ranging from deep boundary currents to upper ocean mixing and internal waves. Many of these phenomena are poorly understood, yet are potentially important for the behavior of the large-scale ocean circulation. Prediction of future climate change by coupled ocean-atmosphere models requires reliable predictions of ocean circulation and air-sea fluxes, so improving model representation of mixing, boundary stresses and internal waves is an ongoing goal. Girton is a principal oceanographer in the Applied Physics Laboratory, and an affiliate assistant professor of oceanography.