Research Interests: Glenn Flierl is an oceanographer concerned with the theory of geophysical vortices and jets. His interests include modeling the physics, chemistry, and biology of strongly nonlinear ocean eddies and meandering jets, such as the Gulf Stream, which meander around their average paths with wave-like features having many different scales and periods, with resulting nonlinearities playing a significant role in the dynamics. He uses various analytical and numerical models to analyze the dynamics of features such as vortices in vertically and horizontally sheared flows, and the interactions between waves and vortices, and makes comparisons to recent observational studies.
Selected Publications: O'Neill, M. E. and Emanuel, K. A. and Flierl, G. R. (2015) Polar vortex formation in giant-planet atmospheres dues to moist convection Nature Geoscience, vol. 8, no. 7, pp. 523-U118