Martha W Buckley

Assistant Research Professor 

Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Research Interests
I am an oceanographer interested in the role of the ocean in climate.  As a graduate student I studied decadal variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in GCMs run in idealized geometries.  I found that decadal AMOC variability (in my models) is the thermal wind response to buoyancy anomalies which originate in the subpolar gyre and travel southward along the western boundary.  Most interestingly, the AMOC does not play an active role in setting SST on decadal timescales!

Currently, I am working on understanding upper-ocean buoyancy variability in the North Atlantic (in the ECCO model, version 4 as well as some MITgcm experiments forced with CORE forcing).  My working hypothesis is that much of the buoyancy variability can be explained by local and remote atmospheric forcing.  If well-understood processes, such as Rossby waves, can explain the majority of the observed SST variability, there may be no need to invoke the AMOC as an active player in the climate system on decadal timescales.


Martha Buckley
Research Hall, Mail Stop 2B3
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030 USA

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