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Sea Level and Ocean Circulation

Changes in sea level cause coastal flooding, loss of wetlands, and erosion of sandy beaches. Changes in ocean currents affect hurricane activity, rainfall patterns, and temperatures on land. We are scientists who answer basic questions about sea level and ocean circulation in a changing climate.

We study how and why sea level and ocean currents change across space and through time.

Our work is supported by federal government agencies and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Our findings are summarized in dozens of papers published in a variety of journals.

We are featured by a range of local and international media outlets.

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Chris and Sarah Das had a commentary published in Earth's Future summarizing recent papers published on sea-level rise and ice-sheet evolution led by Aslak Grinsted, Jonathan Bamber, and Roderik van de Wal.


Chris traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with Sarah Das and 10 PhD candidates from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program to participate in the Ocean Pavilion at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference.


Jake attended the 2022 GRACE/GRACE-FO and Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meetings to present his research on the impact of deep-ocean warming on coastal sea-level rise in the Gulf of Mexico.


Chris attended the United Kingdom Sea Level and Coasts Meeting hosted by the Geography Department at Durham University where he presented his recent work on reconstructing Holocene sea-level changes.


Chris co-authored a paper, along with Brett Buzzanga, Thomas Frederikse, and Ben Hamlington, submitted to Nature Geoscience on U.S. East Coast sea-level rise since 1900 and its relation to ocean dynamics.