Christopher J. Zappa

Christopher J. Zappa

Research Interest


Zappa is an observational physical oceanographer at the forefront of air-sea interaction. He is dedicated to understanding the processes that affect ocean-atmosphere interaction and their boundary layers. His focus includes heat, mass, momentum, and energy transport, ocean wave dynamics and wave breaking, near-surface ocean turbulence, upper-ocean processes/transport, polar ocean processes, coastal and estuarine dynamics. He leads a continuing evolution of developing measurement systems for observing sub-mesoscale ocean variability and processes.


Postdoctoral Fellow - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 2000-2003

Ph.D. in Applied Ocean Physics - University of Washington 1999

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Columbia University 1992