Dr. Jennifer MacKinnon

Dr. Jennifer MacKinnon
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Physical Oceanography
9500 Gilman Way
M/C 0213
La Jolla
Description of scientific projects
I study small-scale dynamical processes in the ocean, primarily internal waves and turbulence. My main interests lie in integrating ocean observations, process studies and numerical simulations to understand the dynamics of super-inertial ocean processes and their relationship to lower-frequency global phenomena. Recently I have been involved both with numerical process studies of nonlinear interactions between internal waves and with ocean-going observations of boundary layer and thermocline turbulence. Simultaneously, I am working with collaborators to use numerical and observational results to develop analytical parameterizations of turbulent diffusivity for eventual use in large-scale numerical models.