National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Dr. Dennis Moore

Emeritus Physical Oceanographer
Staff Affiliation: 
PMEL Division: 
Ocean Climate


  • 1968   Harvard University, Ph.D., Applied Mathematics. Thesis Title: Planetary Gravity Waves in an Equatorial Ocean.
  • 1963   Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, M.A., Applied Mathematics.
  • 1961   Harvard College, A.B., Mathematics, Cum Laude in General Studies.


  • 1995-2016   Leader, Ocean Climate Research Division, NOAA/PMEL.
  • 1979-1995   Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawaii.
  • 1977-1979   Professor and Chief Scientist, Nova Ocean Sciences Center.
  • 1976-1977   Director, Nova University Physical Oceanographic Laboratory
  • 1973-1977   Associate Professor, Nova University.  Acting Director, Nova University Physical Oceanographic Laboratory.
  • 1971-1973   Executive Officer for MODE-I, Division of Sponsored Research Staff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 1968-1971   Assistant Professor, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • 1968   Assistant Research Geophysicist, Institute of Geophysical and Planetary Physics, University of California, San Diego.


  • Fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Chairman, Equatorial Theoretical Panel
  • The Oceanography Society
  • Editor, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 1992-1995


Moore, D.W. (2006): Reflections of an equatorial oceanographer. Chapter 7 in Physical Oceanography, Developments Since 1950, M. Jochum and R. Murtugudde (eds.), Springer, New York, 101-117.

Ascani, F., D. Wang, D.W. Moore, E. Firing, and J.P. McCreary, Jr. (2004): Comment on "A theory of equatorial deep jets." J. Phys. Oceanogr., 34(7), 1781-1791.

Wu, Z. and D.W. Moore (2004): The completeness of eigenfunctions of the tidal equation on an equatorial beta plane. J. Atmos. Sci., 61, 769-774.

Kessler, W.S., G.C. Johnson, and D.W. Moore (2003): Sverdrup and nonlinear dynamics of the Pacific South Equatorial Current. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 33(5), 994-1008.

Johnson, G.C., E. Kunze, K.E. McTaggart, and D.W. Moore (2002): Temporal and spatial structure of the equatorial deep jets in the Pacific Ocean. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 32, 3396-3407.

Moore, D.W. (2002): Coriolis Force. Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, Vol. 2, Academic Press, 570-573.

Yu, Z. and D.W. Moore (2000): Validating the NSCAT winds in the vicinity of the Pacific intertropical convergence zone. Geophys. Res. Lett., 27(14), 2121-2124.

Moore, D.W., R.C. Kloosterziel, and W.S. Kessler (1998): Evolution of mixed Rossby gravity waves. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans., 103(C3), 5331-5346.

Hua, B.L., D.W. Moore, and S. Le Gentil (1997): Inertial non-linear equilibration of equatorial flows. J. Fluid Mech., 331, 345-371.

Johnson, G.C. and D.W. Moore (1997): The Pacific subsurface countercurrents and an inertial model. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 27, 2448-2459.

Wang, D., D.W. Moore, and L.M. Rothstein (1994): Exact solutions to Kawase's linear model of deep ocean circulation. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 24, 2188-2195.

Stommel, H. and D.W. Moore (1990): Charney's influence on Physical Oceanography, in the atmosphere. A Challenge: The science of Jule Gregory Charney, American Meteorological Society, Boston, 321 pp.

Moore, D.W. and J.P. McCreary (1990): Excitation of intermediate frequency equatorial waves at a western ocean boundary: With application to observations from the western Indian Ocean. J. Geophys. Res., 95(C4), 5219-5231.

Stommel, H. and D.W. Moore (1988): An introduction to the Coriolis Force. Columbia University Press, New York, 297 pp.

Boyd, J.P. and D.W. Moore (1986): Summability methods for Hermite functions. Dyn. Atmos. And Oceans., 10, 51-62.

Rothstein, L., D.W. Moore, and J.P. McCreary (1985): Interior reflections of a periodically forced equatorial Kelvin wave. J. Phys., Oceanogr., 15(7), 785-996.

McCreary, J.P., J. Picaut, and D.W. Moore (1984): Effect of remote forcing in the eastern tropical Atlantic. J. Mar. Res., 42, 45-81.

Cane, M.A. and D.W. Moore (1982): NOTES AND CORRESPONDENCE. A Note on Low-Frequency Equatorial Basin Modes. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 11, 1578-1584.

Rowlands, P.B, D.L.T. Anderson and D.W. Moore (1982): The Flow of Equatorial Kelvin Waves and the Equatorial Undercurrent Around Islands. J. Mar. Res., 40, 915-936.

McCreary, J.P., D.W. Moore, and J.M. Witte, editor (1981): Recent Progress in Equatorial Oceanography. A Report of the Final Meeting of SCOR Working Group 47 in Venice, Italy, April 27-30, 1981.

Moore, D.W., J.E. Brasington, L.Q. Spielvogel (1981): Reflection of equatorial planetary waves from incline coast. In: Proceedings of Recent Progress in Equatorial Oceanography, SCOR WG47 Meeting, Venice, December 1981, 363-364.

Leetmaa, A., J.P. McCreary, and D.W. Moore (1980): Equatorial currents: Observations and theory. In: Evolution of Physical Oceanography, MIT Press, 1981, 184-197.

Anderson, D.L.T. and D.W. Moore (1979): Cross equatorial inertial jets with special relevance to very remote forcing of the Somali Current. Deep-Sea Res., 26A, 1-22.

Moore, D.W., P. Hisard, J.P. McCreary, J. Merle, J.J. O'Brien, J. Picaut, J.M. Verstraete, and C. Wunsch (1978): Equatorial adjustment in the eastern Atlantic. Geophys. Res. Lett., 637-640.

Moore, D.W., J.J. O'Brien, and D. Adamec (1978): A simple model of upwelling in the Gulf of Guinea. Geophys. Res. Lett., 641-644.

Moore, D.W. and S.G.H. Philander (1977): Modeling the equatorial oceanic circulation. In: The Sea, Vol. VI, Wiley Interscience, New York, 319-361.

Fofonoff, N.P. and D.W. Moore (1975): Modern measurement techniques. In: Proceedings of a Symposium on Numerical Models of Ocean Circulation, Nat. Acad. Sci., 57-60.

Moore, D.W. and P. Niiler (1974): A two-layer model for the separation of inertial boundary currents. J. Mar. Res., 32(3), 3:457-484.

Moore, D.W. (1970): The mass transport velocity induced by free oscillations at a single frequency. J. Geophys. Fluid Dyn., 1(2), 237-247.

Munk, W. and D.W. Moore (1968): Is the Cromwell Current driven by equatorial Rossby waves? J. Fluid Mech., 223(2), 241-259.