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Robert Smith

Contact DetailsRob Smith

Office: 310 Castle Street, room 150
Tel: 64 3 479 5365
Email: robert.smith[at]otago.ac.nz

Academic Qualifications

BSc (Hons), University of Southampton
PhD, University of Otago (submitted Dec 2016)

Research Interests

  • Dynamics of mesoscale ocean fronts, particularly in the Southern Ocean.
  • The circulation and variability of the Tasman Sea and its role in New Zealand climate.
  • Processes governing deep water formation and ventilation.

Courses

  • EAOS 111 Earth and Ocean Science
  • MARI 112 Global Marine Systems
  • MARI 301 Marine Ecology
  • MARI 401 Advanced Methods in Marine Science
  • OCEN 201 Physical Oceanography - Coordinator
  • OCEN 322 Biological Oceanography

Postgraduate Students

Sebastian Clar - Thesis Title (PhD):Seismic Oceanography: 3D and Time-Lapse Imaging of Mixing Processes at Water Mass Boundaries off New Zealand

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Publications

Smith, R. O., Vennell, R., Bostock, H. C., & Williams, M. J. M. (2013). Interaction of the subtropical front with topography around southern New Zealand. Deep Sea Research Part I, 76, 13-26. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2013.02.007

Smith, R. O., Bryden, H. L., & Stansfield, K. (2008). Observations of new western Mediterranean deep water formation using Argo floats 2004–2006. Ocean Science, 4(2), 133-149. doi: 10.5194/os-4-133-2008

Atkinson, C. P., Rayner, N. A., Roberts-Jones, J., & Smith, R. O. (2013). Assessing the quality of sea surface temperature observations from drifting buoys and ships on a platform-by-platform basis. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118(7), 3507-3529. doi: 10.1002/jgrc.20257

Kennedy, J. J., Rayner, N. A., Smith, R. O., Parker, D. E., & Saunby, M. (2011). Reassessing biases and other uncertainties in sea surface temperature observations measured in situ since 1850: 1. Measurement and sampling uncertainties. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D14103. doi: 10.1029/2010JD015218

Kennedy, J. J., Rayner, N. A., Smith, R. O., Parker, D. E., & Saunby, M. (2011). Reassessing biases and other uncertainties in sea surface temperature observations measured in situ since 1850: 2. Biases and homogenization. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D14104. doi: 10.1029/2010JD015220

Journal - Research Article

Smith, R. O., Vennell, R., Bostock, H. C., & Williams, M. J. M. (2013). Interaction of the subtropical front with topography around southern New Zealand. Deep Sea Research Part I, 76, 13-26. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2013.02.007

Atkinson, C. P., Rayner, N. A., Roberts-Jones, J., & Smith, R. O. (2013). Assessing the quality of sea surface temperature observations from drifting buoys and ships on a platform-by-platform basis. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118(7), 3507-3529. doi: 10.1002/jgrc.20257

Kennedy, J. J., Smith, R. O., & Rayner, N. A. (2012). Using AATSR data to assess the quality of in situ sea-surface temperature observations for climate studies. Remote Sensing of Environment, 116, 79-92. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2010.11.021

Kennedy, J. J., Rayner, N. A., Smith, R. O., Parker, D. E., & Saunby, M. (2011). Reassessing biases and other uncertainties in sea surface temperature observations measured in situ since 1850: 1. Measurement and sampling uncertainties. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D14103. doi: 10.1029/2010JD015218

Kennedy, J. J., Rayner, N. A., Smith, R. O., Parker, D. E., & Saunby, M. (2011). Reassessing biases and other uncertainties in sea surface temperature observations measured in situ since 1850: 2. Biases and homogenization. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D14104. doi: 10.1029/2010JD015220

Kent, E. C., Kennedy, J. J., Berry, D. I., & Smith, R. O. (2010). Effects of instrumentation changes on sea surface temperature measured in situ. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 1(5), 718-728. doi: 10.1002/wcc.55

Smith, R. O., Bryden, H. L., & Stansfield, K. (2008). Observations of new western Mediterranean deep water formation using Argo floats 2004–2006. Ocean Science, 4(2), 133-149. doi: 10.5194/os-4-133-2008

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