Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Richard J. Greatbatch

Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics

Ocean Dynamics


Phone: ++49-431-600 4000
Fax: ++49-431-600 134001
Room No.: 429, west shore campus
Mailing Address: rgreatbatch(at)


GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research 
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel, Germany

Research Interests

  • Dynamics of the oceanic and atmospheric circulation
  • Numerical modelling
  • Eddy fluxes and their parameterization
  • Climate variability and climate change

Education and Employment

  • Education
  • 1975 B. Sc. (honours) in Mathematics, University of Liverpool, UK.
  • 1976 Part III Mathematics Tripos (with distinction), University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1981 Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Employment History
  • 1980-1983 Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1983-1984 Visiting Research Staff, Princeton University, USA
  • 1985 Research Assistant, Imperial College, London, UK
  • 1985-1986 University Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 1986-1990 Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1990-1996 Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1996-1998 Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1998-2008 Professor, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • 1998-2008 NSERC/MARTEC/EC Industrial Research Chair, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • 2005-2007 Coordinator for Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • 2007-2011 Professor of Theoretical Oceanography, IfM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
  • since 2012 Professor of Theoretical Oceanography, GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
  • 2017-2020 Honorary Professor, University of Liverpool, UK

Editorial Duties

  • co-Editor Ocean Dynamics
  • co-Editor Journal of Oceanography

International Working Groups

  • Former member of WCRP Working Group for Ocean Model Development