Staff Profile

Raymond Schmitt


Physical Oceanography


Phone: +1 508 289 2426

Address: Clark 349B,   Mail Stop: 21


Lab/Group Site:


B.Sc. Carnegie-Mellon University, Physics

Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, Physical Oceanography

Research Statement

Google Scholar Citations:           > 10,000,       h-index = 48

ISI/Web of Science Citations:      > 5,800,       h-index = 38

Research Interests

Ocean mixing and microstructure; the global water cycle, double-diffusive convection; relationships between small scale mixing processes and large-scale temperature and salinity distributions; the thermohaline circulation of the ocean; development of microprofiling instrumentation; autonomous profiling floats; the salinity distribution and its measurement; terrestrial rainfall prediction using ocean salinity; seismic oceanography (See Science Article)


Ocean Studies Board, National Academy of Sciences, 2005-2007.

Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, America’s Climate Choices, National Academy of Sciences, 2009-2010.

Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Assessment Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 2011-2012.

NASA Salinity Science Team leader, 2011-2017

NASA Earth Science Advisory Committee 2014-2020


J. S. Guggenheim Fellow, 1997-1998.

Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2012

2018 Harald Sverdrup Lecture, AGU Fall Meeting

Van Allen Clark Sr. Chair for Excellence in Oceanography 2012-2017

Interviews, blogs and talks

Podcast about rainfall forecasting and climate change, September 9, 2019.

CBS-TV interview on Rainfall Forecast Contest win, May 3, 2019.

AGU-EOS article on Salinity and Rain, April 12, 2019.

Oceanus article on Rainfall Forecasting Win, March 25, 2019.

NPR interview on Rainfall Forecasting Win, March 24, 2019.

Falmouth Enterprise Article on Rainfall Forecasting contest, March 22, 2019.

Bureau of Reclamation Press Release on Forecasting Rodeo, March 7, 2019

Scientia article: “Uncovering the connection between ocean salinity and terrestrial rainfall

Years of Living Dangerously Blog Post: Drought or Deluge

Predicting Terrestrial Rainfall Using Ocean Salinities, interview on WCAI Living Lab, June 13, 2016.

May 2016 Press Release on Predicting Rainfall on Land from Ocean Salinity

Predicting Minnesota Rainfall with North Atlantic Salinities” Audio and slide presentation at AMS Fluid Dynamics Meeting, June 15, 2015.

Regarding expanding Lake Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic, (Vice News video, July 26, 2014)

On IPCC AR5 Report (Interview on NPR’s “The Takeaway”, September 27, 2013)

Salinity and Climate (Interview on WCAI’s “The Point”, July, 2013):

Extreme Weather (Interview on WCAI’s”The Point”, May, 2012):

Climate Change (Interview on WCAI’s”The Point”, February, 2007):

Webinar on Salinity and Climate Change for SPURS