Nicholas Beaird

Nicholas Beaird

High-latitude observational physical oceanography, Greenland meltwater, Ocean circulations

Cook Campus
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS)

Dr. Beaird’s research interests lie in high-latitude observational physical oceanography, including ocean-glacier interaction, buoyancy-driven flows, and water mass modification. These processes influence sea level rise, the production of global water masses, and large-scale thermohaline circulation. Much of his work relates to North Atlantic thermohaline circulation including both ‘overturning’ and ‘estuarine’ modes. Nicholas use a wide variety of observational tools to approach these research areas including AUVs, ships, moorings and geochemical tracers. He has worked to assess the mixing and modification of dense overflows at the ‘headwaters’ of the North Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. He’s broadly interested in understanding the influence of meltwater from Greenland on North Atlantic circulation, from fjord to basin scales, and have developed new tools to measure meltwater pathways in coastal waters. Much of his research crosses disciplinary boundaries, from bringing together oceanography and glaciology around Greenland, to the relationship between turbulence and biogeochemical cycling in the Pacific Arctic.

Nicholas is also very interested in the practical application of ocean observing technologies to societally relevant problems and is working to help train students as part of Rutgers’ Masters degree in integrated ocean observing.