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Erik van Sebille, climate scientist and oceanographer at Imperial College London

    E.van-Sebille@imperial.ac.uk | Grantham Institue, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
  • Investigating the time scales and pathways of the global ocean circulation using Lagrangian trajectories, with particular interest in inter-ocean exchanges and marine connectivity.

Scientific interests (or click on the wordle on the left for a high-res version)

  • The use of (numerical) Lagrangian trajectories for global ocean pathway analysis.
  • Inter-ocean connections and how they relate to climate change.
  • The way ocean currents carry heat, nutrients, plankton and plastic around the world.

Latest videos

Interview with UNSWtv on the formation of the great ocean garbage patches
[ abstract | pdf ].

Tracer website

Two websites at adrift.org.au and plastinography.org on ocean circulation and marine litter.

The CMS code

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The CMS is open-source code to advect Lagrangian particles in any velocity field
[ abstract | pdf @ publisher ].

Mapped publications

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Peer-reviewed articles: published and accepted (see Google Scholar for citation counts)

  1. Teske, Sandoval-Castillo, Van Sebille, Waters, and Beheregaray (2015), Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., in press.
    Ocean circulation limits population connectivity in a coastal broadcast spawner [ abstract ]
  1. Peña-Izquierdo, Van Sebille, Pelegrí, Sprintall, Mason, Llanillo, and Machín (2015), J. Geophys. Res., in press.
    Water mass pathways to the North Atlantic Oxygen Minimum Zones [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Qin, Sen Gupta, and Van Sebille (2015), J. Geophys. Res., 120, 3113-3128.
    Variability in the origins and pathways of Pacific Equatorial Undercurrent water [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Scussolini, Durgadoo, Peeters, Biastoch, Weijer, Turney, Paris, and Zahn (2015), Nature Communications, 6, 6521.
    Ocean currents generate large footprints in marine palaeoclimate proxies [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Sen Gupta, Brown, Jourdain, Van Sebille, Ganachaud, and Vergés (2015), Deep Sea Res. II, 113, 59-72.
    Episodic and non-uniform migration of thermal habitats in a warming ocean [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille (2015), Physics Today, 68, 60-61.
    The oceans’ accumulating plastic garbage [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille (2014), J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., 461, 317-322.
    Adrift.org.au - a free, quick and easy tool to quantitatively study planktonic surface drift in the global ocean [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Hellweger, Van Sebille, and Fredrick (2014), Science, 345, 1346-1349.
    Biogeographic patterns in ocean microbes emerge in a neutral agent-based model [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Froyland, Stuart, and Van Sebille (2014), Chaos, 24, 033126.
    How well-connected is the surface of the global ocean? [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Cetina-Heredia, Roughan, Van Sebille, and Coleman (2014), J. Geophys. Res., 119, 4351-4366.
    Long term trends in the East Australian Current separation latitude and eddy driven transport [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Vergés, Steinberg, Hay, Poore, Campbell, Ballesteros, Heck, Booth, Coleman, Feary, Figueira, Langlois, Marzinelli, Mizerek, Mumby, Nakamura, Roughan, Van Sebille, Sen Gupta, Smale, Tomas, Wernberg, and Wilson (2014), Proc. Royal Soc. B, 281, 20140846.
    The tropicalisation of temperate marine ecosystems: climate-mediated changes in herbivory cause community phase shifts
    [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Rosso, Hogg, Strutton, Kiss, Matear, Klocker, and Van Sebille (2014), Ocean Model., 80, 10-23.
    Vertical transport in the ocean due to sub-mesoscale structures: Impacts in the Kerguelen region [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Sprintall, Schwarzkopf, Sen Gupta, Santoso, England, Biastoch, and Böning (2014), J. Geophys. Res., 119.
    Pacific-to-Indian Ocean connectivity: Tasman leakage, Indonesian Throughflow and the role of ENSO [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Qin, Van Sebille, and Sen Gupta (2014), Ocean Model., 76, 20-30.
    Quantification of errors induced by temporal resolution on Lagrangian particles in an eddy-resolving model [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Caley, Peeters, Biastoch, Rossignol, Van Sebille, Durgadoo, Malaize, Giraudeau, Arthur, and Zahn (2014), Geophys. Res. Lett., 41.
    Quantitative estimate of the palaeo-Agulhas leakage [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Spence, Van Sebille, Saenko, and England (2014), J. Phys. Oceanogr., 44, 662-675.
    Using Eulerian and Lagrangian approaches to investigate wind-driven changes in the Southern Ocean abyssal circulation
    [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Den Toom, Dijkstra, Weijer, Hecht, Maltrud, and Van Sebille (2014), J. Phys. Oceanogr., 44, 464-481.
    Sensitivity of a strongly eddying global ocean to North Atlantic freshwater perturbations [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Palmer, Turney, Hogg, Hilliam, Watson, Van Sebille, Cowie, Jones, and Petchey (2014), J. Archaeol. Sci., 42, 435-441.
    The discovery of New Zealand’s oldest shipwreck – possible evidence of further Dutch exploration of the South Pacific
    [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Weijer and Van Sebille (2014), J. Clim., 27, 101-110.
    Impact of Agulhas Leakage on the Atlantic overturning circulation in the CCSM4 [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Scussolini, Van Sebille, and Durgadoo (2013), Clim. Past, 9, 2631-2639.
    Paleo Agulhas Rings enter the subtropical gyre during the penultimate deglaciation [ abstract | pdf ]
  1. Wilkins, Van Sebille, Rintoul, Lauro, and Cavicchioli (2013), Nature Communications, 4, 2457.
    Advection shapes Southern Ocean microbial assemblages independent of distance and environment effects [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Rossi, Van Sebille, Sen Gupta, Garçon, and England (2013), Deep Sea Res. I, 80, 37-46.
    Multi-decadal projections of the pathways and dilution of the Fukushima Cesium-137 radioactive plume [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Spence, Mazloff, England, Rintoul, and Saenko (2013), Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 2177-2182.
    Abyssal connections of Antarctic Bottom Water in a Southern Ocean State Estimate [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Paris, Helgers, Van Sebille, and Srinivasan (2013), Environ. Modell. Softw., 42, 47-54.
    Connectivity Modeling System: A probabilistic modeling tool for the multi-scale tracking of biotic and abiotic variability in the ocean
    [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Meinen, Johns, Garzoli, Van Sebille, Rayner, Kanzow, and Baringer (2013), Deep Sea Res. II, 85, 154-168.
    Variability of the Deep Western Boundary Current at 26.5°N during 2004-2009 [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, England, and Froyland (2012), Environ. Res. Lett., 7, 044040.
    Origin, dynamics and evolution of ocean garbage patches from observed surface drifters [ abstract | pdf ]
  1. Van Sebille, Johns, and Beal (2012), J. Geophys. Res., 117, C05037.
    Does the vorticity flux from Agulhas rings control the zonal pathway of NADW across the South Atlantic? [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Weijer, Sloyan, Maltrud, Jeffery, Hecht, Hartin, Van Sebille, Wainer, and Landrum (2012), J. Clim., 25, 2652-2675.
    The Southern Ocean and its climate in CCSM4 [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, England, Zika, and Sloyan (2012), Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L06601.
    Tasman leakage in a fine-resolution ocean model [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Baringer, Johns, Meinen, Beal, De Jong, and Van Aken (2011), J. Geophys. Res., 116, C12027.
    Propagation pathways of classical Labrador Sea Water from its source region to 26°N [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Lee, Park, Van Sebille, Baringer, Wang, Enfield, Yeager, and Kirtman (2011), Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L17607.
    What caused the significant increase in Atlantic Ocean heat content since the mid-20th century? [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Beal, and Johns (2011), J. Phys. Oceanogr., 41, 1026-1034.
    Advective time scales of Agulhas leakage to the North Atlantic in surface drifter observations and the 3D OFES model
    [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Kamenkovich, and Willis (2011), Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L02606.
    Quasi-zonal jets in 3-D Argo data of the northeast Atlantic [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Beal, and Biastoch (2010), Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L09610.
    Sea surface slope as a proxy for Agulhas Current strength [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Van Leeuwen, Biastoch, and De Ruijter (2010), Deep Sea Res. I, 57, 319-327.
    Flux comparison of Eulerian and Lagrangian estimates of Agulhas leakage: A case study using a numerical model
    [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Van Leeuwen, Biastoch, and De Ruijter (2010), J. Geophys. Res., 115, C03010.
    On the fast decay of Agulhas rings [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Barron, Biastoch, Van Leeuwen, Vossepoel, and De Ruijter (2009), Ocean Sci., 5, 511-521.
    Relating Agulhas leakage to the Agulhas Current retroflection location [ abstract | pdf ]
  1. Van Sebille, Van Leeuwen, Biastoch, Barron, and De Ruijter (2009), Ocean Model., 29, 269-276.
    Lagrangian validation of numerical drifter trajectories using drifting buoys: Application to the Agulhas system [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille, Biastoch, Van Leeuwen, and De Ruijter (2009), Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L03601.
    A weaker Agulhas Current leads to more Agulhas leakage [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]
  1. Van Sebille and Van Leeuwen (2007), J. Phys. Oceanogr., 37, 2305-2315.
    Fast northward energy transfer in the Atlantic due to Agulhas rings [ abstract | pdf @ publisher ]

Other publications

  1. Van Sebille (2009), PhD dissertation, Utrecht University, 176 pp.
    Assessing Agulhas leakage [ summary | pdf ]
  1. Van Sebille (2007), Master thesis, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Utrecht University, 80 pp.
    Fast response of the Meridional Overturning Circulation to Agulhas Leakage Perturbations [ abstract | pdf ]