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Dimitris  Menemenlis's Picture
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Curriculum Vitae:

Dimitris Menemenlis

  • B.Eng. Honours, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1984)
  • M.A.Sc., Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada (1987)
  • Ph.D., University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (1993)

Research Interests

Studies of the global ocean circulation and its interaction with sea ice, land ice, atmosphere, coastal processes, and biogeochemical cycles.


The "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) produces descriptions of the complete time-evolving state of the ocean by synthesizing nearly all extant observations with state-of-the-art models.

ECCO-IcES is a project that aims to produce increasingly accurate syntheses of all available global-scale ocean and sea-ice data at resolutions that start to resolve ocean eddies.

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Carbon Monitoring System Flux (CMS Flux) incorporates the full suite of NASA observational, modeling, and assimilation capabilities to attribute CO2 climate forcing to spatially resolved emissions.

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NASA’s Sea Level Change team was selected in 2014, 2017, and 2020, to focus on advancing NASA sea level science and forming new collaborations to tackle the interdisciplinary challenges in sea level research.

Professional Experience
  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (1998-Present)
  • Research Scientist, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (1993-1998)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal (2017)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (2013 and 2016)
  • JPL Mariner (2014) and Voyager (2016) Awards

Selected Publications
    Recent Publications
  1. Stewart, Andrew L., Andreas Klocker, and Dimitris Menemenlis. 2018. "Circum-Antarctic Shoreward Heat Transport Derived from an Eddy- and Tide-Resolving Simulation." Geophysical Research Letters.
  2. Ngeve, Magdalene N., Tom van der Stocken, Dimitris Menemenlis, Nico Koedam, and Ludwig Triest. 2017. "Hidden Founders? Strong Bottlenecks and Fine-Scale Genetic Structure in Mangrove Populations of the Cameroon Estuary Complex." Hydrobiologia.
  3. Bowman, Kevin W., Junjie Liu, A. Anthony Bloom, Nicholas C. Parazoo, Meemong Lee, Z. Jiang, Dimitris Menemenlis, et al. 2017. "Global and Brazilian Carbon Response to El Niño Modoki 2011-2010." Earth and Space Science.
  4. Liu, Junjie, Kevin W. Bowman, David S. Schimel, Nicolas C. Parazoo, Zhe Jiang, Meemong Lee, A. Anthony Bloom, et al. 2017. "Contrasting Carbon Cycle Responses of the Tropical Continents to the 2015-2016 El Niño." Science 358 (6360): eaam5690.
  5. Savage, Anna C, Brian K Arbic, Matthew H Alford, Joseph K Ansong, J.Thomas Farrar, Dimitris Menemenlis, Amanda K. O'Rourke, et al. 2017. "Spectral Decomposition of Internal Gravity Wave Sea Surface Height in Global Models." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.
  6. Fenty, Ian G., Dimitris Menemenlis, and Hong Zhang. 2017. "Global Coupled Sea Ice-Ocean State Estimation." Climate Dynamics 49 (3): 931-56.
  7. Cai, Cilan, Eric Rignot, Dimitris Menemenlis, and Yoshihiro Nakayama. 2017. "Observations and Modeling of Ocean-Induced Melt beneath Petermann Glacier Ice Shelf in Northwestern Greenland." Geophysical Research Letters 44: 8396-8403.
  8. Nakayama, Y., D. Menemenlis, M. Schodlok, and E. Rignot. 2017. "Amundsen and Bellingshausen Seas Simulation with Optimized Ocean, Sea Ice, and Thermodynamic Ice Shelf Model Parameters." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 1-16.
  9. Vazquez-Cuervo, Jorge, Hector S. Torres, Dimitris Menemenlis, Toshio M. Chin, and Edward M. Armstrong. 2017. "Relationship between SST Gradients and Upwelling off Peru and Chile: Model/satellite Data Analysis." International Journal of Remote Sensing 38 (23). Taylor & Francis: 6599-6622.
  10. Ardhuin, F., Sarah T. Gille, Dimitris Menemenlis,Cesar B. Rocha, N. Rascle, B. Chapron, Jonathan Gula, and M. Jeroen Molemaker. 2017. "Small-Scale Open Ocean Currents Have Large Effects on Wind Wave Heights." Journal of Geophysical Research:Oceans 122: 4500- 4517.
  11. Spreen, Gunnar, Ronald Kwok, Dimitris Menemenlis, and An T. Nguyen. 2017. "Sea-Ice Deformation in a Coupled Ocean-Sea-Ice Model and in Satellite Remote Sensing Data." The Cryosphere, no. 1: 1-37.
  12. Seroussi, H, Yoshihiro Nakayama, Eric Y. Larour, Dimitris Menemenlis, M. Morlighem, Eric J. Rignot, and Ala Khazendar. 2017. "Continued Retreat of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, Controlled by Bed Topography and Ocean Circulation." Geophysical Research Letters, 1-9.
  13. Van der Stocken, Tom, and Dimitris Menemenlis. 2017. "Modelling Mangrove Propagule Dispersal Trajectories Using High-Resolution Estimates of Ocean Surface Winds and Currents." Biotropica 0 (0): 1-10.

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