Dr. Maarten Buijsman

Assistant Professor

Research Interests 

  • Tidal internal wave generation and breaking at steep topography, propagation, and dissipation. 
  • Wave drag parameterizations in global models. 
  • Estuarine physics and sediment transport. 
  • Numerical modeling with MITgcm, ROMS, and HYCOM (but I am not afraid to get my hands wet either!). 
  • MAR561: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
  • MAR667: Waves and Tides
Selected Publications


Buijsman, M. C., B. K. Arbic, J. G. Richman, J. F. Shriver, A. J. Wallcraft, and L. Zamudio, 2017. Semidiurnal internal tide incoherence in the equatorial Pacific. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans. DOI:10.1002/2016JC012590

Zhang L., M. C. Buijsman, E. Comino, and H. L. Swinney, 2017. Internal wave generation by tidal flow over periodically and randomly distributed seamounts. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans. DOI: 10.1002/2017JC012884

Ansong, J. K., B. K. Arbic, M. H. Alford, M. C. Buijsman, J. F. Shriver, Z. Zhao, J. G. Richman, H. L. Simmons, P. G. Timko, A. J. Wallcraft, and L. Zamudio, 2017. Semidiurnal internal tide energy fluxes and their variability in a Global Ocean Model and moored observations, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JC012184.

Savage, A. C., B. K. Arbic, J. G. Richman, J. F. Shriver, M. H. Alford, M. C. Buijsman, J. T. Farrar, H. Sharma, G. Voet, A. J. Wallcraft, L. Zamudio. 2017. Frequency content of sea surface height variability from internal gravity waves to mesoscale eddies, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, 2519–2538, doi:10.1002/2016JC012331.

Buijsman, M.C., Ansong, J.K., Arbic., B.K., Richman, J.G., Shriver, J.F., Timko, P.G., Wallcraft, A.J., Whalen, C.B., Zhao, Z., 2016. Impact of internal wave drag on the semidiurnal energy balance in a global ocean circulation model. Accepted for publication in J. Phys. Oceanogr.  

Magalhaes, J. M., da Silva, J. C. B., Buijsman, M. C., and Garcia, C. A. E., 2015. Effect of the North Equatorial Counter Current on the generation and propagation of Internal Solitary Waves off the Amazon shelf (SAR observations), Ocean Sci. Discuss., 12, 2497-2534, doi:10.5194/osd-12-2497-2015.

Ansong, J. K., B. K. Arbic, M. C. Buijsman, J. G. Richman, J. F. Shriver, and A. J. Wallcraft, 2015. Indirect evidence for substantial damping of low-mode internal tides in the open ocean, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JC010998.

Pickering A., Alford, M., Nash, J., Rainville, L., Buijsman, M., Ko, D.S., and Lim B., 2015. Structure and Variability of Internal Tides in Luzon Strait. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 45, 1574-1594.

Alford, M. H., T. Peacock, J. A. MacKinnon, J. D. Nash, M. C. Buijsman, L. R. Centuroni, S.-Y. Chao, M.-H. Chang, D. M. Farmer, O. B. Fringer, K.-H. Fu, P. C. Gallacher, H. C. Graber, K. R. Helfrich, S. M. Jachec, C. R. Jackson, J. M. Klymak, D. S. Ko, S. Jan, T. M. S. Johnston, S. Legg, I.-H. Lee, R.-C. Lien, M. J. Mercier, J. N. Moum et al., 2015. The formation and fate of internal waves in the South China Sea, Nature, 521, 65-69.

​Buijsman M.C., Arbic, B.K., Green, J.A.M., Helber, R.W., Richman, J.G., Shriver, J.F., Timko, P.G., and Wallcraft, A., 2015. Optimizing internal wave drag in a forward barotropic model with semidiurnal tides. Ocean Modelling, 85, 42-55

Buijsman, M.C., Klymak, J.M. Legg, S., et al. 2014. Three Dimensional Double Ridge Internal Tide Resonance in Luzon Strait. J. Phys. Oceanogr. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JPO-D-13-024.1 

Klymak, J. M., Buijsman M., Legg S., Pinkel R., 2013: Parameterizing Surface and Internal Tide Scattering and Breaking on Supercritical Topography: The One- and Two-Ridge Cases. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43, 1380–1397. 

Buijsman,M.C., Legg, S., and Klymak, J., 2012. Double ridge internal tide interference and its effect on dissipation in Luzon Strait. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 42, 1337-1356. 

Buijsman, M. C., Y. Kanarska, and J. C. McWilliams, 2010. On the generation and evolution of nonlinear internal waves in the South China Sea, J. Geophys. Res., 115, C02012, doi:10.1029/2009JC005275. 

Buijsman M.C. and Ridderinkhof H., 2008. Long-term evolution of sand waves in the Marsdiep inlet. I:High-resolution observations. Continental Shelf Research, 28, 1190-1201.

Buijsman, M. C., Ridderinkhof, H., 2007. Long-term ferry - ADCP observations of tidal currents in the Marsdiep inlet. J. Sea Res. 57, 237-256.


More on Maarten's research and publications can be found here.