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Jay Austin


Large Lakes Observatory
University of Minnesota Duluth
2205 E. 5th St.,
Research Laboratory Building 209
Duluth, MN 55812

Tel. (218) 726-8773

Fax: (218) 726-6979

email: jaustin at



  • Lake Physical properties: thermal structure, circulation, ice cover
  • Direct observations of physical properties of lakes
  • Development of observing systems
  • Numerical modeling of lake systems


MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Ph.D.
Cal Poly State University, B.S.


  • LIM 5101, Physical Limnology
  • PHYS 2011, General Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 2012: General Physics II: Electromagnetism and optics
  • PHYS 2022, Classical Physics
  • PHYS 5541: Fluid Dynamics


White, B., J.A. Austin and K. Matsumoto, 2012. A three-dimensional model of Lake Superior with ice and biogeochemistry. Journal of Great Lakes Research, doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2011.12.006

Austin, J., E.B. Voytek, J. Halbur, and M. Macuiane, 2011. Lake in a bottle: a laboratory demonstration of the unusual stability properties of freshwater. Oceanography 24(4), p. 2-8.

Rao, S., J. Pringle, and J. Austin, 2011. Upwelling relaxation and estuarine plumes. J. Geophys. Res., V. 116, C09023, doi: 10.1029/2010JC006739.

Austin, J. A. and J. Allen, 2011. Sensitivity of Lake Superior Temperature Structure to meteorological forcing. Limnology and Oceanography 56(3), p 1141-1154.

Desai, A.R., J. A. Austin, V. Bennington and G.A. McKinley, 2009. Stronger winds over a large lake in response to a weakening air to lake temperature gradient. Nature-Geoscience. DOI:10.1038/NGEO693. p. 855-858.

Austin, J.A. and S. Colman, 2008. A Century of Directly Measured Temperature in Lake Superior. Limnology and Oceanography, 53(6) 2274-2730.

Dale, A.C., J. Barth, M. Levine, and J.A. Austin, 2008. Observations of mixed layer restratification by onshore surface transport following wind reversal in a coastal upwelling region., J. Geophys. Res., 113 (C1), C01010.

Crouch, J.R., Y. Shen, J.A. Austin, and M.S. Dinniman, 2008. An educational interactive numerical model of the Chesapeake Bay. Computers & Geosciences, Volume 34, Issue 3, 247-258.

Savidge, D. K., and J. A. Austin, 2007. The Hatteras Front: August 2004 velocity and density structure, J. Geophys. Res., 112, C07006, doi:10.1029/2006JC003933.

Austin, J.A. and S. Colman, 2007. Lake Superior summer water temperatures are increasing more rapidly than regional air temperatures: a positive ice-albedo feedback. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L06604, doi:10.1029/2006GL029021.

Dale, A.C., M.D. Levine, J.A. Barth, and Austin, J.A., 2006. A dye tracer reveals cross-shelf dispersion and interleaving on the Oregon Shelf. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L03604, doi:10.1029/2005GL024959.

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