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Research Interests

  • Upper ocean physics
  • Surface gravity waves
  • Turbulent mixing
  • Air-sea interactions
  • Wave interactions with surface films and ice
  • Wind and wave induced currents
  • Instrument and sensor development
  • Tidal response in bays and estuaries

Higher Education and Employment History


  • 2014: PhD Ocean Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • 2009: MSc Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 2003: BSc Physics and Ocean Sciences min. Mathematics, University of Victoria

Positions Held

  • 2014-present: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oslo
  • 2009-2010: Physical Oceanographer, Oceans Ltd., St. John's, NL, Canada
  • 2005-2006:  Research Assistant, Korean Ocean Research and Development Institute, S. Korea
  • 2003-2005: Research Assistant, Ocean Sciences and Productivity, Institute of Ocean Sciences, BC, Canada
  • 2002-2006: Research Assistant, Ocean Physics Group, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
Tags: Oceanography, Fluid mechanics, Air-sea interaction, Mechanics, Turbulent mixing


Reverdin G., S. Morisset, L. Marié, D. Bourras, G. Sutherland, B. Ward, J. Salvador, J. Font, Y. Cuypers, L. Centurioni, V. Hormann, N. Koldziejczyk, J. Boutin, F. D'Ovidio, F. Nencioli, N. Martin, D. Diverres, G. Alory and R. Lumpkin (2014). Surface salinity in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre during the Strasse/SPURS summer 2012 cruise. Oceanography. 28(1):114-123

Sutherland G., G. Reverdin, L. Marié and B. Ward (2014). Mixed and Mixing Layer Depths in the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer: Buoyancy-Driven Conditions. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2014GL061939.

Ward B., T. Fristedt, A.H. Callaghan, G. Sutherland, X. Sanchez, J. Vialard and A. ten Doeschate (2014). The Air-Sea Interaction Profiler (ASIP): An autonomous upwardly-rising profiler for microstructure measurements in the upper ocean. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00010.1

Sutherland G., K.H. Christensen and B. Ward (2014). Evaluating Langmuir turbulence parameterizations in the ocean surface boundary layer. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 119, doi:10.1002/2013JC009537

Sutherland G., K.H. Christensen and B. Ward (2013). Wave-turbulence scaling in the ocean mixed layer. Ocean Science. 9, 597-608.

Cherniawsky J.Y. and G. Sutherland (2008). Large-scale errors in ERS altimeter data. Marine Geodesy. 31(1):2-16, doi:10.1080/014904107018122.

Arbic B.K., P. St-Laurent, G. Sutherland and C. Garrett (2007). On the resonance and influence of the tides in Ungava Bay and Hudson Strait. Geophysical Research Letters. 34, L17606, doi:10.1029/2007GL030845.

Sutherland G., M.G.G. Foreman and C. Garrett (2007). Tidal current energy assessment for Johnstone Strait, Vancouver Island. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part A: Journal  of Power and Energy. 221, 147-157.

Sutherland G., C. Garrett, M.G.G. Foreman (2005).  Tidal resonance in Juan de Fuca Strait and the Strait of Georgia. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 35, 1279-1286.

Foreman M.G.G., G. Sutherland, P.F. Cummins (2004).  M2 tidal dissipation around Vancouver Island: an inverse approach. Continential Shelf Research, 24(18), 2167-2185.

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  • Marchenko, Aleksey; Rabault, Jean; Sutherland, Graigory John; Collins, COIII; Wadhams, Peter & Chumakov, P M (2017). Field observations and preliminary investigations of a wave event in solid drift ice in the Barents Sea.
  • Rabault, Jean; Sutherland, Graigory John & Jensen, Atle (2017). Investigation of wave damping by grease ice through field measurements and laboratory experiments..
  • Sutherland, Graigory John; Rabault, Jean & Jensen, Atle (2017). A Look at the Directional Spread in Sea Ice: Observations from the Barents Sea..
  • Christensen, Kai Håkon; Breivik, Øyvind; Sutherland, Graigory John; Gargett, Ann; Ward, Brian & Belcher, Stephen (2016). A robust definition for the turbulent Langmuir number.
  • Rabault, Jean; Halsne, Trygve; Sutherland, Graigory John & Jensen, Atle (2016). PTV investigation of the mean drift currents under water waves.
  • Rabault, Jean; Sutherland, Graigory John & Jensen, Atle (2016). Measurements of waves in Landfast Ice in Svalbard: Effect of flexural stress on waves properties.
  • Sutherland, Graigory John (2016). Enhanced dissipation associated with the Diurnal Jet in the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer.
  • Sutherland, Graigory John (2016). Waves in Oil and Ice Experiment (WOICE).
  • Rabault, Jean; Sutherland, Graigory John; Christensen, Kai H.; Halsne, Trygve & Jensen, Atle (2015). Measurements of waves in ice using IMUs: instruments assessment and wave detection in landfast ice in Svalbard.
  • Ward, Brian; Sutherland, Graigory John; Reverdin, Gilles; Marie, Luois; Christensen, Kai Håkon; Brostrøm, Gøran; Harcourt, Ramsey & Breivik, Øyvind (2015). Ocean Surface Observations of the Diurnal Cycle of Turbulence with ASIP.

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Published Aug. 25, 2014 11:02 AM - Last modified May 24, 2016 6:26 AM