Warren White (oceanographer)

Warren White is a professor emeritus, and a former Research Oceanographer at the Marine Biological Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.[1]

White, with 'Buzz' Bernstein, was instrumental in the development and operation of the TRANSPAC XBT Volunteer Observing Ship program.[2][3] Between 1976 and 1984, commercial ships crossing the Pacific Ocean recorded expendable bathythermograph (XBT) data. This data became instrumental in a number of studies, particularly around the Kuroshio Current.[4][5] As well as its direct oceanographic value, this data was also important for determining the scale of features of interest, thus influencing the design of later observational networks.[6][7]

His research interests included:

He is known for his work on the Antarctic Circumpolar Wave.[10][11][12][13]


  • White, Warren; Walker, A. E. (1974). "Time and depth scales of anomalous subsurface temperature at Ocean Weather Station P, N and V in the North Pacific". J. Phys. Oceanogr. 1979: 4517–4522.
  • Bernstein, R.; White, Warren (1974). "Time and length scales of baroclinic eddies in the Central North Pacific". J. Phys. Oceanogr. 4: 613–624.
  • White, Warren (1977). "Secular variability in the baroclinic structure of the interior North Pacific from 1950–1970". J. Mar. Res. 35 (3): 587–607.
  • Bernstein, R.; White, Warren (1979). "Design of an oceanographic network in the mid-latitude North Pacific". J. Phys. Oceanogr. 9: 592–606.
  • Bernstein, R.; White, Warren (1981). "Stationary and travelling mesoscale perturbations in the Kurushio Extension current". J. Phys. Oceanogr. 11: 692–704.
  • White, Warren (1982). "Travelling wave-like mesoscale perturbations in the North Pacific". J. Phys. Oceanogr. 12: 231–243.
  • White, Warren (1983). "Westward propagation of short term climatic anomalies in the western North Pacific Ocean from 1964–1974". J. Mar. Res. 41: 113–125.
  • Mizuno, K.; White, Warren (1984). "Annual and interannual variability in the Kurushio current system". J. Phys. Oceanogr. 13: 1847–1867.
  • White, Warren; Meyers, Gary A.; Donguy, Jean Rene; Pazan, Stephen E. (1985). "Short-Term Climatic Variability in the Thermal Structure of the Pacific Ocean during 1979–82". J. Phys. Oceanogr. 15 (7): 917–935. doi:10.1175/1520-0485.
  • Talley, Lynne D.; White, Warren (1987). "Estimates of Time and Space Scales at 300 Meters in the Midlatitude North Pacific from the TRANSPAC XBT Program". J. Phys. Oceanogr. 17 (12): 2168–2188. doi:10.1175/1520-0485(1987)017<2168:EOTASS>2.0.CO;2.
  • White, Warren; Pazan, Stephen E.; Withee, Gregory W.; Noe, Christopher (1988). "Joint Environment Data Analysis (JEDA) Center". Eos Trans. AGU. 69 (9): 122–131. doi:10.1029/88EO00079.
  • White, Warren (1995). "Design of a global observing system for gyre-scale upper ocean temperature variability". Progr. Oceanogr. 36 (3): 169–217. doi:10.1016/0079-6611(95)00017-8.
  • White, Warren; Tai, Chang-Kou (1995). "Inferring interannual changes in global upper ocean heat storage from TOPEX altimetry". J. Geophys. Res. 100 (C12): 24943–24954. doi:10.1029/95JC02332.
  • White, Warren; Peterson, Ray G. (1996). "An Antarctic circumpolar wave in surface pressure, wind, temperature and sea-ice extent". Nature. 380 (6576): 699–702. doi:10.1038/380699a0.
  • White, Warren; Shyh-Chin Chen; Peterson, R. (1998). "The Antarctic Circumpolar Wave: A beta-effect in ocean-atmosphere coupling over the Southern Ocean". J. Phys. Oceanogr. (28): 2345–2361.
  • White, Warren (2000). "Influence of the Antarctic Circumpolar Wave upon Australia precipitation from 1958 to 1996". J. Climate. 13: 2125–2141.
  • White, Warren; Cayan, D. R. (2000). "A global El Niño-Southern Oscillation wave in surface temperature and pressure and its interdecadal modulation from 1900 to 1997". J. Geophys. Res. 105 (11): 223–11, 242.
  • White, Warren; Cayan, Daniel R.; Dettinger, Michael; Sharber, James (Jan 9, 2001). "Quantitative Assessment of the Integrated Response in Global Heat and Moisture Budgets to Changing Solar Irradiance". Technical Report. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. 20010081063.
  • White, Warren (2001). "Evidence for coupled Rossby waves in the annual cycle of the Indo-Pacific Ocean". J. Phys. Oceanogr. (31): 2944–2957.
  • White, Warren; Shyh-Chin Chen; Allan, Rob J.; Stone, Roger C. (2002). "Positive feedbacks between the Antarctic Circumpolar Wave and the global El Niño-Southern Oscillation Wave". J. Geophys. Res. 107 (C10, 3165). doi:10.1029/2000JC000581.
  • White, Warren; McKeon, Greg; Syktus, Jozef (May 2003). "Australian drought: the interference of multi-spectral global standing modes and travelling waves". Int. J. Climatol. 23 (6): 631–662. doi:10.1002/joc.895.
  • White, Warren; Gershunov, Alexander; Annis, Jeffrey L.; McKeon, Greg; Syktus, Jozef (2004). "Forecasting Australian Drought Using Southern Hemisphere Modes of Sea-Surface Temperature Variability". Int. J. Climatol. 24: 1911–1927. doi:10.1002/joc.1091.


  1. "WHITE, WARREN Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego". scripps.ucsd.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  2. Bernstein & White (1979).
  3. Jochum, Markus; Murtugudde, Raghu (2006). Physical Oceanography: Developments Since 1950. Springer. p. 54. ISBN 9780387331522.
  4. Talley & White (1987).
  5. Jae-Yul Yun; Price, James M.; Magaard, Lorenz (1991). Takano, K. (ed.). Observational Characteristics of Internal Temperature Fluctuations in the Mid-Latitude North Pacific. Oceanography of Asian Marginal Seas. Elsevier Oceanography Series. pp. 1–23.
  6. The Argo Science Team (1998). "On The Design and Implementation of Argo: A Global Array of Profiling Floats" (PDF). p. 9.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  7. "Autonomous Profiling Floats: Workhorse for Broad-scale Ocean Observations". Marine Technology Society Journal. 38 (1): 31–39. Spring 2004.
  8. John Gribbin (23 June 1988). "Natural Oscillations Explain El Niño". New Scientist.
  9. Burroughs, William James (2003). "5.5 Modelling El Niño and El Niña". Weather Cycles: Real Or Imaginary?. Cambridge University Press. p. 153. ISBN 9780521528221.
  10. White & Peterson (1996).
  11. White, Shyh-Chin Chen & Peterson (1998).
  12. White (2000).
  13. Prabhu, Amita (2010). "Role of Antarctic circumpolar wave in modulating the extremes of Indian summer monsoon rainfall". Geophys. Res. Lett. 37: L14106. doi:10.1029/2010GL043760. The influence of the southern polar climate variability on the lower latitudes through the variability of Antarctic circumpolar wave (ACW) was first brought out by White and Peterson [1996]. (etc)

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