Harper Simmons

Harper Simmons

Associate Professor

Physical Oceanography

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
129 O'Neill Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775
907-474-7204 (fax)



Selected Publications

Simmons, H.L., B.S. Powell, S.T. Merrifield, S.E. Zedler, and P.L. Colin. 2019. Dynamical downscaling of equatorial flow response to Palau. Oceanography 32(4): 84–91. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2019.414

Alford, M.H., H.L. Simmons, O.B. Marques, and J.B. Girton. 2019. Internal tide attenuation in the North Pacific. Geophysical Research Letters 46:8205–8213. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL082648

Martini, K.I., H.L. Simmons, C.A. Stoudt, and J.K. Hutchings. 2014. Near-inertial internal waves and sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. Journal of Physical Oceanography 44:2212–2234. https://doi.org/10.1175/JPO-D-13-0160.1

Simmons, H.L., and M.H. Alford. 2012. Simulating the long-range swell of internal waves generated by ocean storms. Oceanography 25(2): 30-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.39

Simmons, H.L. 2008. Spectral modification and geographic redistribution of the semi-diurnal internal tide. Ocean Modelling 21(3–4): 126–138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2008.01.002

St. Laurent, L., and H.L. Simmons. 2006. Estimates of power consumed by mixing in the ocean interior. Journal of Climate 19:4877–4890. https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI3887.1

Simmons, H.L., R.W. Hallberg, and B.K. Arbic. 2004. Internal wave generation in a global baroclinic tide model. Deep-Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 51(25–26): 3043–3068. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2004.09.015

Research Overview

Physical oceanographers seek an understanding of how and why the ocean stores and circulates heat and materials such as salts, and how this storage and circulation evolves over time. The scientific challenge that physical oceanographers wrestle with is how to obtain a unified description of dynamical processes occuring over an immense range of spatial and temporal scales.