Prof Tom Rippeth

Professor of Physical Oceanography

Contact info

Office Location: 3rd floor Craig Mair Building, School of Ocean Sciences

Twitter: @rippetht


Phone: 01248 382293

Location: School of Ocean Sciences, Askew Street, Menai Bridge, LL59 5AB

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Tom is the established Chair in Physical Oceanography. He is an observational oceanographer with a strong research interest in turbulence and mixing in the marine environment. His work has involved the development of new technqiues for the measurement of aquatic turbulence, and the use of turbulence measurements to identify, unravel and quantify key physical processes which drive mixing in the ocean. His current research focuses on the impact of mixing by the tide and wind on melting Arctic sea ice and the processes determining the surface mixed layer depth in the ocean.

Tom is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Areas

Turbulence and Mixing

High Latitude Physical Oceanography

Ocean Circulation and Climate


  1. 2020
  2. Developing the Structure Function Method for Evaluating Turbulent Kinetic Energy Dissipation Rate

    Author: Scannell, B., 18 Aug 2020

    Supervisor: Rippeth, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  3. 2017
  4. Watermass Transformations near the Tip of the Antarctic Peninsula

    Author: Mead Silvester, J., Jan 2017

    Supervisor: Rippeth, T. (Supervisor) & Lenn, Y. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  5. Drivers of thermocline shear in seasonally stratified shelf seas

    Author: Li, J., 2017

    Supervisor: Rippeth, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  6. 2014
  7. Impact of sea level rise, land reclamation and tidal power plants on regional tidal dynamics

    Author: Pelling, H., 2 Jun 2014

    Supervisor: Green, M. (Supervisor) & Rippeth, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  8. 2012
  9. Thermocline Mixing in a Seasonally Stratified Shelf Sea

    Author: Lincoln, B., Jan 2012

    Supervisor: Rippeth, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy