Ross Griffiths

Research School of Earth Sciences

Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.

Phone: (02) 6125 0711

PhD, Geophysical fluid dynamics (on double-diffusive convection), Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU  (1979)


Ross has been a professor at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, since 1999, where he lead the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics laboratory facilities until 2014. He is now Emeritus Professor.

His research has investigated the fundamental processes of turbulent mixing, convection, gravity currents, coastal currents, ocean fronts, western boundary currents, and the dynamics of the global thermohaline overturning circulation. He has also contributed extensively to the understanding of convection in the earth’s solid mantle, volcanic ‘hotspots’, and the physics of lava flows. His recent work addresses fundamental questions about how the global circulation in the oceans is forced by wind stress and surface buoyancy fluxes, how the density stratification is maintained and the role of convection. These processes influence the heat uptake by the oceans and underlie the dynamics of earth’s climate.

Ross was awarded the Priestley Medal of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society in 1991, elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2001, Inaugural Fellow of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society in 2010, and Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. He also has a strong interest in renewable energy technologies, Australian native plants and nature conservation.

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