John Marshall

Professor of Ocean and Climate Science

I am an oceanographer interested in climate and the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, which I study through the development of mathematical and numerical models of key physical and biogeochemical processes.

I became interested in the field of meteorology and oceanography in the 1970s as an undergraduate student in Physics at Imperial College, London, where I subsequently became a faculty member. Since moving to MIT over 30 years ago, I have studied physical oceanography and, increasingly, the role of the ocean and ice in climate. I am attracted to the field because of its wonderful mix of empiricism, observation, theory and modeling. Furthermore, its ‘bottom-up’ nature allows scientists themselves to identify the problems to be solved, then organize and implement programs to do so. It still remains a field in which scientists working in small groups can make a huge impact. Of course, I am also motivated by the fact that understanding the climate, and the role of the ocean therein, is one of the greatest and most important intellectual challenges.

View of Boston across the Charles River from my office in the Green Building (Blg 54) at MIT.

Other useful links:

MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
EAPS – MIT Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
PAOC – MIT Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate