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University of Gothenburg
Waves and a sandy beach.
The ocean is an integral component of the weather and climate system and is currently experiencing rapid changes as the impact of anthropogenic activities on the climate increases.


We study the oceans' physical and chemical properties, their origin and geologic framework, and the life forms that inhabit and interact with the marine environment and each other.

Physical oceanography is based on theory and methods from classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Methods include observations in the sea using instruments based on latest technology, advanced methods to analyse observational data and simulation using mathematical models.

To be able to understand all the patterns and processes that concerns us it is fundamental for us to study the principles governing motion in the ocean, covering scales from the smallest turbulent eddies to the world ocean circulation.

The diverse topics reflect multiple disciplines that oceanographers blend to increase knowledge of the world oceans.

Research Topics

  • Ocean - Sea ice Interaction
  • Marine Plastic Dispersal
  • Southern Ocean Climate Variability
  • Arctic Oceanography
  • Oman Sea Oceanography
  • Wave Energy Converters
  • Global Overturning Circulation
  • Mixed Layer Dynamics
  • Baltic Sea Dynamics