S. Groeskamp, P. B. Barker, T. J. McDougall, R. P. Abernathey, and S. M. Griffies. A new algorithm to accurately calculate neutral tracer gradients and their impacts on vertical heat transport and water mass transformation. Submitted to JPO, 2018.


Nathaniel Tarshish, Ryan Abernathey, Ci Zhang, Carolina O Dufour, Ivy Frenger, and Stephen M Griffies. Identifying lagrangian coherent vortices in a mesoscale ocean model. Ocean Modelling, 130:15–28, 2018. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2018.07.001.


Erik van Sebille, Stephen M Griffies, Ryan Abernathey, Thomas P Adams, Pavel Berloff, Arne Biastoch, Bruno Blanke, Eric P Chassignet, Yu Cheng, Colin J Cotter, and others. Lagrangian ocean analysis: fundamentals and practices. Ocean Modelling, 121:49–75, 2018. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.11.008.


A. Sinha, D. Balwada, N. Tarshish, and R. Abernathey. Modulation of lateral transport by submesoscale flows and inertia gravity waves. In revision at JAMES, 2018.


J. Busecke and R. P. Abernathey. Ocean mesoscale mixing linked to climate variability. Accepted to Science Advances, 2018.


Jan-Erik Tesdal, Ryan P. Abernathey, Joaquim I. Goes, Arnold L. Gordon, and Thomas W. N. Haine. Salinity trends within the upper layers of the subpolar north atlantic. Journal of Climate, 31(7):2675–2698, 2018. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0532.1.


Dhruv Balwada, K Shafer Smith, and Ryan Abernathey. Submesoscale vertical velocities enhance tracer subduction in an idealized antarctic circumpolar current. Geophysical Research Letters, 2018. doi:10.1029/2018GL079244.


V. Tamsitt, R. P. Abernathey, M. R. Mazloff, J. Wang, and L. D. Talley. Transformation of deep water masses along lagrangian upwelling pathways in the southern ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123(3):1994–2017, 2018. doi:10.1002/2017JC013409.


Ryan Abernathey and George Haller. Transport by lagrangian vortices in the eastern pacific. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 48(3):667–685, 2018. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-17-0102.1.


Anand Gnanadesikan, Alexandria Russell, Marie-Aude Pradal, and Ryan Abernathey. Impact of lateral mixing in the ocean on el nino in a suite of fully coupled climate models. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 2017. doi:10.1002/2017MS000917.


J. Busecke, R. P. Abernathey, and A. L. Gordon. Lateral eddy mixing in the subtropical salinity maxima of the global ocean. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 2017. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-16-0215.1.


T. Uchida, R. P. Abernathey, and K. S. Smith. Seasonality in ocean mesoscale turbulence in a high resolution climate model. Ocean Modelling, 118:41–58, 2017. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.08.006.


Ryan Abernathey, Andrea Cimatoribus, Liam Brannigan, and Guillaume Sérazin. Xmitgcm: v0.2.0. Python Software Released on GitHub, 2017. URL:, doi:10.5281/zenodo.291785.


R. Abernathey, I. Cerovečki, P. R. Holland, E. Newsom, M. Mazloff, and L. D. Talley. Southern ocean water mass transformation driven by sea ice. Nature Geoscience, 9(8):596–601, 08 2016. doi:10.1038/ngeo2749.


Ryan Abernathey, Cesar B Rocha, Francis J. Poulin, Malte Jansen, and James Penn. Pyqg: v0.2.0. Python Software Released on GitHub, April 2016. URL:, doi:10.5281/zenodo.50569.


Lei Wang, M. F. Jansen, and R. P. Abernathey. Eddy phase speeds in a two-layer model of quasigeostrophic baroclinic turbulence with applications to ocean observations. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 46:1963–1985, 2016. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-15-0192.1.


E. Newsom, C. Bitz, F. Bryan, R. P. Abernathey, and P. Gent. Southern ocean deep circulation and heat uptake in a high-resolution climate model. Journal of Climate, 29:2597–2619, 2016. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0513.1.


S. P. Bishop, P. R. Gent, F. O. Bryan, A. F. Thompson, M. C. Long, and R. P. Abernathey. Southern ocean overturning compensation in an eddy-resolving climate simulation. Journal of Climate, 46:1575–1592, 2016. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-15-0177.1.


Anirban Sinha and R. Abernathey. Timescales of southern ocean eddy equilibration. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 46:2785–2805, 2016. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-16-0041.1.


Sjoerd Groeskamp, Ryan P Abernathey, and Andreas Klocker. Water mass transformation by cabbeling and thermobaricity. Geophysical Research Letters, 2016. 2016GL070860. doi:10.1002/2016GL070860.


Anand Gnanadesikan, Marie-Aude Pradal, and Ryan Abernathey. Isopycnal mixing by mesoscale eddies significantly impacts oceanic anthropogenic carbon uptake. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(11):4249–4255, 2015. 2015GL064100. doi:10.1002/2015GL064100.


R. P. Abernathey and C. Wortham. Phase speed cross spectra of eddy heat fluxes in the pacific. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 45:1285–1301, 2015. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-14-0160.1.


R. Abernathey and D. Ferreira. Southern ocean isopycnal mixing and ventilation changes driven by winds. Geophysical Research Letters, 42:10,357–10,365, 2015. doi:10.1002/2015GL066238.


A. Solomon, L. M. Polvani, K. L. Smith, and R. Abernathey. The impact of ozone depleting substances on the circulation, temperature and salinity of the southern ocean: an attribution study with cesm1 (waccm). Geophysical Research Letters, 42:5547—5555, 2015. doi:10.1002/2015GL064744.


A Gnanadesikan, R Abernathey, and M-A Pradal. Exploring the isopycnal mixing and helium-heat paradoxes in a suite of earth system models. Ocean Science Discussions, 11(6):2533–2567, 2014. doi:10.5194/osd-11-2533-201.


A. Klocker and R. Abernathey. Global patterns of mesoscale eddy properties and diffusivities. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 44:1030–1047, 2014. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-13-0159.1.


R. P. Abernathey and P. Cessi. Topographic enhancement of eddy efficiency in baroclinic equilibration. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 44:2107–2126, 2014. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-14-0014.1.


R. Abernathey, D. Ferreira, and A. Klocker. Diagnostics of isopycnal mixing in a circumpolar channel. Ocean Modelling, 72:1 – 16, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2013.07.004.


R. Abernathey and J. C. Marshall. Global surface eddy diffusivities derived from satellite altimetry. J. Geophys. Res., 118:901–916, 2013. doi:10.1002/jgrc.20066.


C. Hill, D. Ferreira, J.-M. Campin, J. Marshall, R. Abernathey, and N. Barrier. Controlling spurious diapycnal mixing in eddy-resolving height-coordinate ocean models: insights from virtual deliberate tracer release experiments. Ocean Modelling, 45-46:14–26, 2012. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.12.001.


R. Abernathey, J. Marshall, and D. Ferreira. The dependence of Southern Ocean meridional overturning on wind stress. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 41(12):2261–2278, 2011. doi:10.1175/JPO-D-11-023.1.


R. Abernathey, J. Marshall, E. Shuckburgh, and M. Mazloff. Enhancement of mesoscale eddy stirring at steering levels in the Southern Ocean. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40:170–185, 2010. doi:10.1175/2009JPO4201.1.