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Special Notice for Summer 2021:

The directors, the principal lecturers, and the GFD faculty have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 GFD summer program. This is not a decision that was taken lightly, but the pandemic situation is still grave, and travel (particularly international) is very difficult. There is no real sign that there will be sufficiently significant change by June 2021 to allow in-cottage activity for the whole program, which is the essence of GFD.

Although the GFD program will not take place virtually, a seminar series will take place weekly at noon EST on Mondays for 12 weeks, beginning June 14th and ending August 30th. Please see http://eddies.mit.edu/gfd/  for details.

A special celebration of Charlie Doering's life and influence, particularly at Walsh Cottage is being planned for August.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program

The GFD Program began in 1959 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with the aim of introducing a then relatively new topic in mathematical physics, geophysical fluid dynamics, to graduate students in physical sciences. It has been held each summer since and promotes an exchange of ideas among the many distinct fields that share a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids.

Celebrating 50 years

» View a slideshow to honor the fiftieth year of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program

Program Profile

The GFD Program began in 1959 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with the aim of introducing a then relatively new topic in mathematical physics, geophysical fluid dynamics, to graduate students in physical sciences. It has been held each summer since and promotes an exchange of ideas among the many distinct fields that share a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids.

Fellowships

Graduate students and researchers from a variety of fields who share a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of geophysical fluids from the deep interior of the Earth, through the oceans, ice sheets and atmospheres share an intense ten-week research experience, and vigorous discussions of concepts that span different disciplines.

Lectures

Find information about the Current Lecture Series, Public Lecture Series and a link to the Physical Oceanography Weekly Seminar Schedule. Lectures are held at Walsh Cottage unless otherwise noted.

Publications

In this section find the annual proceedings volumes and newsletters for the geophysical fluid dynamics program.

Life at GFD

Read about life at GFD, find local resources and view photos.

Archive

This section includes an archive of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program including the list of topics, lectures, fellows and scientists.