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Physical Oceanography


Submit to this PLOS ONE call for papers to help expand the global knowledge on Physical OceanographyDeadline extended to June 15th, 2022.

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Jun 15 2022

Understanding the past, present and future physical states of marine systems, as well as the physical processes underlying them is of utmost importance to our determination of planetary health. From improved predictions of global environmental changes to ecosystem assessment, physical oceanography plays a key role. The scope of physical oceanography research extends across numerous geographical regions – from coastal waters and estuaries to open ocean regions; from surface to deep-sea depths and from the Equator to high-latitude polar regions. Likewise, it encompasses a wide range of research foci, including both dynamical and descriptive studies considering different approaches (e.g., remote sensing data, in situ data, numerical models, etc.). These studies range from fluid dynamics and global circulation models, to heat and carbon storage, as well as measuring changes in sea level rise, ocean warming and ocean flux. As such, the use of physical oceanography research to better understand past marine systems and to model future ones, is invaluable. In combination with other scientific disciplines and management insights, this field of study can provide crucial information for researchers and policy makers alike.

This call for papers aims to highlight the breadth of physical oceanography research across a wide range of regions and disciplines. We welcome submissions including those that feature multidisciplinary research and encourage studies that utilize Open Science resources, such as data and code repositories.

The ocean is the most important component of the earth's surface both by extension and by impact. Physical oceanography is the tool that allows us to understand the processes that govern such a complex environment. I am very proud to collaborate with PLOS One on this special issue that brings the latest advances in physical oceanography to a wide audience.
Prof. Maite de Castro
University of Vigo, Applied Physics

Read our interview with the Guest Editors


Prof. Maite de Castro
University of Vigo, Applied Physics
Vigo, Spain

Isabel Iglesias

Isabel Iglesias
University of Porto, Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR)
Porto, Portugal


Vanesa Magar
Physical Oceanography Department of CICESE
Ensenada, Mexico


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