CCRC undertakes extensive research in ocean sciences with a particular focus on the key ocean processes that affect the climate system. This includes process such as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Indian Ocean Dipole, and Southern Ocean circulation. The CCRC combines world-class ocean modelling, ocean process studies, ocean theory and data synthesis to advance our knowledge of the physics of the oceans.
Areas of focus include the global ocean thermohaline circulation, water-mass formation, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, western boundary currents, ocean meso-scale eddies and the ocean carbon and nutrients cycles.
The oceanography group combines regional and global scale models with empirical data to investigate ocean dynamics. A core research focus is the role of the oceans in climatic processes, particularly at mid- to high-latitudes and in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Significant research effort is also invested in paleoceaography, the role of ocean gateways in climate, coupled ocean-carbon-atmosphere feedbacks, and the transport of heat and freshwater by the oceans..