Large-scale tests in the lab and the South China Sea reveal the origins of underwater waves that can tower hundreds of feet.
Professor Thomas Peacock is investigating the potential impacts of mining minerals from the deep ocean
Region of world’s strongest “internal waves” is analyzed in detail; work could help refine climate models.
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTERB.Sc.
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORDPh.D.
Professor Thomas Peacock is the Director of the Environmental Dynamics Laboratory (ENDLab) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his B.Sc.(Physics) from Manchester University and D. Phil. (Physics) from Oxford University. The mission of his research group, the Environmental Dynamics Lab (ENDLab), is to advance understanding of environmental fluid dynamic phenomena to address societal grand challenges, with a committment to education and outreach to inform policy makers and the general public. His group conducts field studies, laboratory experiments and modeling of environmental flows with an emphasis on ocean dynamics and transport. He received an NSF Career Award in Physical Oceanography and has been a PI on numerous ocean field programs for NSF and ONR sponsored projects, with recent studies in the Arctic Ocean, the Timor Sea, the South Chinas Sea and the Western Pacific. In recent years, he has established a research program at MIT studying scientific and societal aspects of deep-sea mining, with activities ranging from plume dynamic studies in the Pacific Ocean to the development of an international royalty payment regime for the International Seabed Authority.