Luwei started her PhD at Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania (UTAS) in October 2015. Before joining UTAS, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Oceanography at the Ocean University of China in June 2015.
THESIS: The role of lee waves for dissipation of transient eddies in the Southern Ocean
Luwei’s research focuses on the internal lee wave field in the deep Southern Ocean. Specifically, she seeks to understand the role of internal lee waves in dissipating ocean eddy field and sustaining turbulent mixing in the ocean interior. Given the potential importance of lee waves for the global ocean circulation, Luwei is also interested in implementing internal lee wave parameterization into an eddy-resolving ocean model and further studying the response of Southern Ocean circulation to changing wind. In her PhD project, Luwei will combine eddy-resolving ocean models, observational datasets with lee wave theory.