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Phil Richardson

Dr. Philip L. Richardson

Senior Scientist Emeritus
Physical Oceanography Department

Contact Information:
Work: 508-540-2648

prichardson@whoi.edu

prichardson0981@gmail.com

Building: Clark 308

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #21
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

The dynamic soaring of albatrosses and autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles; the general ocean circulation and its low-frequency variability; Gulf Stream, Equatorial Currents, Agulhas-Benguela Current system, Deep-Western Boundary Currents, Ocean eddies and current rings; historical aspects of oceanography.

Recent Publications

Richardson, P. L., 2018. Leonardo da Vinci’s discovery of the dynamic soaring by birds in wind shear. Royal Society Notes & Records, doi:10.1098/rsnr.2018.0024.

 Richardson, P. L., Wakefield. E. D., Phillips, R. A., 2018. Flight speed and performance of the wandering albatross with respect to the wind. Movement Ecology 6:3, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40462-018-0121-9.

Richardson, P. L. and Adams, N. T., 2018. Uncharted Waters--Nantucket Whalers and the Franklin-Folger chart of the Gulf Stream. Historic Nantucket 68(1), 17-24.

Richardson, P. L., 2017. Da Vinci’s observations of soaring birds. Physics Today 70 (11), 78-79.

Richardson, P. L., 2015. Upwind dynamic soaring of albatrosses and UAV’s. Progress in Oceanography 130, 146-156.

Richardson, P. L., 2012. High-speed robotic albatross: Unmanned aerial vehicle powered by dynamic soaring. Radio-Controlled Soaring Digest 29, 4-18.

Richardson, P. L., 2012. High-speed dynamic soaring. Radio-Controlled Soaring Digest 29, 36-49.

Richardson, P. L., 2011. How do albatrosses fly around the world without flapping their wings? Progress in Oceanography 88, 46-58.

Richardson, P. L., 2008. On the history of meridional overturning circulation schematic diagrams. Progress in Oceanography 76, 466-486.

Richardson, P. L., 2007. Agulhas leakage into the Atlantic estimated with subsurface floats and surface drifters. Deep-Sea Research I 54, 1361-1389.

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Education

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1964.

M.S., Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1970.

Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1974.