Physical Oceanography (Theory)

Research Focus

Physical processes in the ocean take place on horizontal scales from millimetres to thousands of kilometres. Time scales range from milliseconds to millennia and beyond. Our research focuses on spatial and temporal scales relevant for various processes, such as momentum fluxes within the system ocean-atmosphere, ocean-sea ice interactions as well as the hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of the continental shelf and coastal regions.

By applying modern numeric models and diagnostics as well as in situ observations and remote sensing data, we aim at understanding physical processes at work under various conditions and at forecasting real world environmental situations. Modelling of selected physical processes allows us to develop a fundamental theoretical understanding of the dynamics. This understanding enables us to use earth system models with more confidence for predicting the evolution of the climate in this century and beyond.


Head of group

Prof. Dr. Jörg-Olaf Wolff

Phone.: +49-(0)441-798-5343
Fax: +49-(0)441-798-3404
E-Mail: wolff(at)

University of Oldenburg, Campus Wechloy
Room: W15 1-106
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße 9-11
26111 Oldenburg