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Oldenberg, D., Wills, K. Armour, and L. Thompson, Mechanisms of low-frequency variability in North Atlantic Overturning, J. Climate, 2021, 32(12), 4733-4755.

Deppenmeier, A.-L., F. O. Bryan, W. Kessler, and L. Thompson. Modulation of Cross-isothermal velocity with ENSO in the tropical Pacific cold tongue, 2021, Physical Oceanography, 51(5), 1559-1574 .

Abdalla, S. and 390 co-authors, 2021, Altimetry for the future: Building on 25 years of Progress, International Altimetry Team, Advances in Space Research, Volume 68, Issue 2, 15 July 2021, Pages 319-363

Hirschi, J., B., Barnier, C. Boning, A. Biastoch, A. T. Baker, A. Coward, S. Danilove, S. Drifhout, K. Getzlaff, S. M. Griffies, H. Hasumi, H. Hewitt, D. Iiovino, T. Kwasaki, A. E. Kiss, Al Marzocchi, B. Moat, J-M. Molines, P. G. Myers, T. Penduff, M. Roberst, A.-M. Treguier, D. V. Sein, D. Sidorenko, J. Small, P. Spence, L. Thompson, W. Wieijer, X. Xu, The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in High-Resolution Models, 2020, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 125, e2019JC015522,

Todd, R. E., P. Chavez, S. Clayton, S. E. Cravatte, M. Goes, M. I. Graco, X. Lin, J. Sprintall, N. V. Zilberman, M. Archer, J. Arístegui, M. A. Balmaseda, J. M. Bane, M. O. Baringer, J. A. Barth, L. M. Beal, P. B., P.H.R. Calil, E. Campos, L. R Centurioni, M. P. Chidichimo, M. Cirano, M. F. Cronin, E. N. Curchitser, R. E. Davis, M. Dengler, B. DeYoung, S. Dong, R. Escribano, A. J. Fassbender, S. E. Fawcett, M. Feng, G. J. Goni, A. R. Gray, D. Gutiérrez, D. Hebert, R. Hummels, S-I Ito, M. Krug, F. Lacan, Lucas Laurindo, A. Lazar, C. M. Lee, M. Lengaigne, N. Levine, J. Middleton, I. Montes, M. Muglia, T. Nagai, H. I. Palevsky, J. B. Palter, H. E. Phillips, A. R. Piola, A. J Plueddemann, B. Qiu, R. R. Rodrigues, T. Rossby, M. Roughan, D. L. Rudnick, Ryan R. Rykaczewski, M. Seraceno, H. Seim, A. Sen Gupta, L. Shannon, B. M. Sloyan, Adrienne J Sutton, L. Thompson, A. K. van der Plas, D. Volkov, J. Wilkin, D. Zhang, and L. Zhang (2019) Global perspectives on Observing Ocean Boundary Current, Front. Mar. Sci., 6, p.423.

Wills, R. C. J, D. S. Battisti, C. Proistosecu, L. Thompson, D. L. Hartmann, K. C. Armour, 2019, Ocean Circulation Signatures of North Pacific Decadal Variability, Geophysical Research Letters.

Meehl, G. A., J. M. Arblaster, C. T. Y. Chung, M. M. Holland, A. DuVivier, L. Thompon, D. Yang, and C. M. Bitz (2019), Sustained ocean changes Contributed to sudden Antarctic sea ice retreat in late 2016.  Nature Communications., 10.

Oldengburg, D., K. Armour, L.Thompson and C. Bitz (2018) Distinct mechanisms of ocean heat transport into the Arctic under internal variability and climate change, Geophys. Res. Lett., 45.

Kelly, K. A., K. Drushka, L. Thompson, D. Le Bars, and E. L. McDonagh (2016), Impact of slowdown of Atlantic overturning circulation on heat and freshwater transports, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 7625- 7631.

Zhang, J., K. A. Kelly, and L. Thompson, 2016, The Role of Heating, Winds and Topography on Sea Level Changes in the North Atlantic, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 212, 2887-2900.

Umbert, M., S. Guimbard, G. Lagerloef, L. Thompson, M. Portabella, J. Ballabrera-Poy, and A. Turiel, 2015, Detecting the surface salinity signature of Gulf Stream cold-core rings in Aquarius synergistic productsJ. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, 859–874.

Shao, A. E., Gille, S. T., Mecking, S., & Thompson, L. (2015). Properties of the Subantarctic Front and Polar Front from the skewness of sea level anomaly. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120(7), 5179–5193. 

Kelly, K. A., L. Thompson and J. Lyman, 2014, The Coherence of Meridional Heat Transport in the Atlantic Ocean Inferred from Observations, J. Climate, 27, 1469-1487

Thompson, L., G. Danabasoglu, and M. Patterson, 2015, Observing and modeling the Atlantic Meridional Overturning CirculationEos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO026371. Published on 19 March 2015.

Armour K.C., CM Bitz, L Thompson and EC Hunke, 2011, Controls on Arctic sea ice from first-year and multi-year ice survivability,  Journal of Climate, 24, 2378–2390.

Jiang, C, L. Thompson, K. A. Kelly, and M. F. Cronin, 2009, The roles of intra-seasonal Kelvin waves and tropical instability waves in SST variability along equatorial Pacific in an isopycnal ocean model, J. Climate, 22, 3470-3487.

Jiang, C, L. Thompson and K. A. Kelly, 2008, Influence of QuikSCAT winds in an isopycnal ocean model compared to NCEP2 winds, Ocean Modeling, 24, 65-71.

Dawe, J. T. and L. Thompson, 2007, PDO-related heat and temperature budget changes in a model of the North Pacific. J. Climate, 20, 2092-2108.

Dawe, J. T. and L. Thompson, 2006, The effect of ocean surface currents on wind stress, heat flux, and wind power inputGeophys. Res. Let. 33, L09604.

Jiang, C, M. Cronin, K, Kelly and L Thompson, 2005, Evaluation of a hybrid Satellite NWP based turbulent heat flux product using TAO buoysJ. Geophys. Res. 110(C9) C09007,

Kelly, K. A., S. Dickinson, C. L. Jiang, G. C. Johnson, and L. A. Thompson, 2004, Impact of ocean currents on scatterometer winds in the Tropical Pacific Ocean, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS ’04, IEEE, vol. 2, 799.

Thompson, L, and C. Ladd, 2004. The Response of the North Pacific Ocean to Decadal Variability in Atmospheric Forcing: Wind Versus Buoyancy Forcing, 34, J. Phys. Oceanogr. 1373-1389.

Thompson, L. K. A. Kelly, D. Darr and R. Hallberg, 2003.  Buoyancy and mixed-layer effects on  the Sea Surface Height Response in an isopycnal model of the North Pacific. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 32, 3657–3670.

Vivier, F., K. A. Kelly and L. Thompson, 2002.  Heat budget in the Kuroshio Extension region: 1993-1999.  J. Phys. Oceanogr., 32, 3436-3454.

Kelly, K. A. and L. Thompson, 2002, Scatterometer Winds Explain Damped Rossby WavesGeophys. Res. Let., 29, 52-1.

Kelly, K., F. Vivier and L. Thompson, 1999, Heat content Changes in the Pacific Ocean. Science, 284(5421), 1735.

Vivier, F., K. A.  Kelly, L. Thompson, 1999, The contribution of waves, wind forcing and surface heating to sea surface height observations of the North Pacific Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research, 104(C9), 20767-20784.


Kelly, K. A., and L. Thompson, 2016, An unexpected ocean model fix, News and Views Nature Geoscience, 535, 497-498, Nature Geoscience

Thompson, L. and Y-O Kwon, 2010. An Enhancement of a Coupled Mode of Variability in CCSM3 in the North Pacific Owing to Ocean Model Biases, J. Climate,23, 6221–6233.

Thompson, L., and W. Cheng, 2008: Water Masses in the Pacific in CCSM3, J. Climate, 21, 4514-4528

Thompson, L, and J. T. Dawe, 2007, Propagation of wind and buoyancy forced density anomalies in the North Pacific: dependence on ocean model resolution. Ocean Modeling16, 277-284.

Dawe, J. T. and L. Thompson, 2005, Viscosity-dependent internal variability in a model of the North Pacific, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 35, 747-756.

Kelly, K. A., L. Thompson, W. Cheng, and E. J. Metzger, 2007, Evaluation of HYCOM in the Kuroshio Extension region using new metrics, J. Geophys. Res., 112, C01004.


Scannell, H.A., G. C. Johnson, L. Thompson, J. M. Lyman, S. C. Riser, Subsurface Evolution and Persistence of Marine Heatwaves in the Northeast Pacific, 2020, Geophysical Research Letters, 47,

Geiss, A., R. Marchand, and L. Thompson, The Influence of Sea Surface Temperature Reemergence on Marine Stratiform Cloud, 2020, Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL086957

Booth, J., L. Thompson, J. Patoux, K. A. Kelly, 2012, Sensitivity of Midlatitude Storm Intensification to Perturbations in the Sea Surface Temperature Near the Gulf Stream Using the NCAR WRF Model, Mon. Weather Rev., 140, 1241-1256.

Booth, J. F., L. Thompson, J. Patoux, and K. A. Kelly, 2010. The Signature of the Midlatitude Tropospheric Stormtracks in the Surface Winds, J. Climate, 23, 1160-1174. High Lighted in Nature Geoscience, Nature Geoscience 3, 4 (2010)

Kwon, Y-O, M. A. Alexander, N. A. Bond, C. Frankignoul, H. Nakamura, B. Qiu, and L. Thompson, 2010, Role of Gulf Stream, Kuroshio-Oyashio and Their Extensions in Large-Scale Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction : A Review, 2010.  J. Climate, 23, 3249-3281.

Cronin, M. F., N. Bond, J. Booth, H. Ichikawa, T. M. Joyce, K. Kelly, M. Kubota, B. Qiu, C. Reason, M. Rouault, C. Sabine, T. Saino, J. Small, T. Suga, L. D. Talley, L. Thompson, R. A. Weller, “Monitoring ocean-atmosphere interactions in western boundary current extensions“, in Proceedings of the “OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society” Conference (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison D.E. and Stammer, D., Eds, ESA Publication WPP-306, 2010.


Leung, S., L. Thompson, M. McPhaden, and K. A. S. Mislan, 2019: ENSO drives near-surface O2 variability and vertical habitat space in the tropical Pacific, 14(6), Environmental Research Letters. June

Clayton, S., H. Palevsky, L. Thompson, and P. Quay. Synoptic mesoscale to basin scale variability in biological productivity and chlorophyll in the Kuroshio Extension region, accepted, JGR Oceans.

Shao, A., S. Mecking, L. Thompson and R. Sonnerup, 2016. Shao, A. E., S. Mecking, L.A. Thompson, and R. E. Sonnerup, Evaluating the use of 1-D transit time distributions to infer the mean state and variability of oceanic ventilation, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, 6650–6670.

Zhang, Y.L. Jaeglé, L. A. Thompson, and D. G. Streets, 2015. Six centuries of changing oceanic mercury, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 28, 1251-1261.

Zhang, Y., L. Jaeglé, and L. A. Thompson (2014), Natural biogeochemical cycle of mercury in a global three-dimensional ocean tracer model, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 28, 553–570, doi:10.1002/2014GB004814.
Highlighted in EOS. Humans greatly increase mercury levels in the oceanEos, 96.

Trossman, D. S., L. Thompson, S. Mecking, M. J. Warner, F. O. Bryan, S. Peacock, 2014, Evaluation Of Oceanic Transport Parameters and Erosion Time Scales Using Transient Tracers From Observations and Model Output, Ocean Modelling, 74, 1-21.

Shao, A. E., S. Mecking, L. Thompson, R. E. Sonnerup, 2013, Mixed layer saturations of CFC-11, CFC-12 and SF6 in a global isopycnal model, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 118. \

Deutsch, C., H. Brix, T. Ito, H. Frenzel, and L. Thompson, 2011, Climate forced variability of ocean hypoxia, Science, 333, 336-339.

Deutsch, Curtis; Emerson, Steven; Thompson, LuAnne 2006, Physical-biological interactions in North Pacific oxygen variability, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 111, No. C9, C09S90

Deutsch, C. ; Emerson, S,; Thompson, L., 2005, Fingerprints of climate change in North Pacific oxygen Geophys. Res. Let., Vol. 32, No. 16, L16604 doi:10.1029/2005GL023190.

Ladd, C. and L. Thompson, 1998. The influence of eddies on tracer transport in the abyssal ocean, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 28, 1717-1738.


Old, P., S. Hautala and L. Thompson, 2019, Differences in eastern North Pacific stratification and their potential impact on the depth of winter mixing in CMIP5 models, Geophysical Research Letters, 46(21):12136-45.

Trossman, D. S., L. Thompson, S. Mecking, M. J. Warner, 2012: On the Formation, Ventilation, and Erosion of Mode Waters in the North Atlantic and Southern OceansJ. Geophys. ResearchOceans117, C09026.

Trossman, D., L. Thompson, K. A. Kelly, and Y. O. Kwon, 2009, Estimates of North Atlantic Ventilaton and Mode Water Formation for Winter 2002-2006. J. Phys. Oceanogr.  39, 2600-2617.

Ladd, C., and L. Thompson, 2002: Decadal Variability of North Pacific Central Mode Water. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 32, 2870-2881.

Ladd, C. and L. Thompson, 2001, Water Mass Formation in an Isopycnal Model of the North Pacific, J. of Phys. Oceanogr, 31, 1517-1537.

Ladd, C. and L. Thompson.   2000.  Formation mechanisms for North Pacific Central and Eastern Subtropical mode waters. J. of Physical Oceanography 30, 868-887.


Jimenez-Urias, M. A., and L. Thompson, 2018, Idealized Study on the Impacts of Bottom Topography on the Seasonality of the Stability of the Iceland-Færæ Front. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 48, 2089-3008.

Holmes, R. H., L.  Thomas, L. Thompson, and D. Darr, 2014 Potential Vorticity Dynamics of Tropical Instability Vortices, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 44, 995-1011.

Thompson, L, 2000, Ekman layers and two-dimensional frontogenesis in the upper ocean, J. Geophys. Res.,105 (C3), 6437-6451.

Boss, E. and L. Thompson, 1999. Lagrangian and tracer dynamics in the vicinity of an unstable jet.,  Journal of Physical Oceanography, 29, 288-303.

Boss, E. and L. Thompson, 1999. Mean flow Evolution of a Baroclinically Unstable Potential Vorticity Front, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 29, 273-287.

Thompson, L., and G. C. Johnson, 1996.  Abyssal currents generated by diffusion and geothermal heating over risesDeepSea Research I, Vol 43, No. 2, 193-211

Boss, E., N. Paldor and L. Thompson, 1996.  Stability of a potential vorticity front: from quasi-geostrophy to shallow-waterJournal of Fluid Mechanics, 315, 65-84.

Thompson, L.  1995.  The effect of continental rises on the wind-driven oceanJournal of Physical Oceanography, 25, 1296-1316.

Boss, E. and L. Thompson.  1995.  Energetics of nonlinear geostrophic adjustmentJournal of Physical Oceanography, 25, 1521-1529.

Thompson, L. 1993.  Frictional Taylor columns on the beta-plane.  Geophysical and  Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 68, 37-57.

Thompson, L. 1993.  Two-layer quasi-geostrophic flow over finite isolated topographyJournal of Physical Oceanography, 23, 1297-1314.

Thompson, L., and G.R. Flierl. 1993.  Barotropic flow over finite isolated topography: steady solutions on the beta-plane and the initial value problemJournal of Fluid Mechanics, 250, 553-586.

Thompson, L., and M. Kawase.  1993.  The non-linear response of an equatorial ocean to oscillatory forcingJournal of Marine Research, 51, 467-496.

Cessi, P. and L. Thompson. 1990.  Geometrical control of the inertial recirculationJournal of Physical Oceanography, 20, 1867-1875.

Thompson, L. and W.R. Young. 1989. An upper bound on the size of sub-mesoscale coherent vortices. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 19, 233-237.


Barber, P. H., T. B. Hayes, T. L. Johnson, L Marquezz-Magana, 10,234 signatories, 2020, Systemic racism in higher education, Science, 369:6510, 1440-1441. DOI: 10.1126/science.abd7140

Harris, L., C. Garza, Hatch, J. Parrish, J. Posselt, J. Alvarez, E. Davidson, G. Eckert, K. Grimes, J. Garcia, R. Haacker, M.C. Horner-Devine, A. Johnson, J. Lemus, S. Menezes, A. Prakash, L. Thompson, P. Vitousek, M.P. Martin, K. Reyes (2021). The Equitable Exchange: A new framework for diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, AGU Advances, (2)2,

Kappel, E. S., and L. Thompson, 2015, Invited Scientific Papers and Speakers and Fellow Awardees:  Little Progress for Women Oceanographers in the Last Decade 2014, Oceanography 27(4) supplement: 24–28

Thompson, L.  (2015) Short biographic Sketch, Oceanography 27(4) page 236.  

Thompson, L. Co-Editor for special issue on Women in Oceanography: A Decade later in Oceanography 27(4), 2015. With Ellen Kappel, Susan Lozier, Sonya Legg, Sarah Clem, Amelia Shevenell, Kristin Buck, Peggy Delaney, and Robin Bell

Thompson, L, R. C. Perez, and A. E. Shevenell, 2011.  Reply to “Not just family matters,” Nature Geoscience 4, 346 (2011) ]

Thompson, L., R. C. Perez, and A. E. Shevenell, 2011. Closed ranks in oceanography. Nature Geoscience, 4, 211–212, doi:10.1038/ngeo1113.


Bertram, M. A., L. Thompson, J. W. Murray, C. Bretherton, and C. Bitz (2019), Preparing graduate students for 21st century climate conversations , Eos, 100, Published on 07 February 2019.

Spencer, B, J. Lawler, C. Lowe, L Thompson, T. Hinckley, S-H Kim, S Bolton, S. Meschke, J. D. Olden, J. Voss, 2017, Co-benefits approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 60 (4)

Fussell, E., S. Curran, M. Dunbar, M. Babb and L. Thompson, Weather-related hazards and population change in the U.S., 1980-2010.  2017, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 669, 146-167.


Flowers, N., Thompson, L., and Po-Chedley, 2020, ENSO (El Nino-Southern Oscillation) Investigation, Climate Science for the Classroom, Editors: M. Bertram and S. Biyani, University of Washington Press,

Kelly, K. A, J. K. Willis, G. Reverdin, S. Dong, and L. Thompson, 2017, Monitoring and interpreting mid-latitude oceans by satellite altimetry, Chapter 6, Satellite Altimetry Over Oceans and Land Surfaces.  Editors: Stammer, D., and A. Cazenave, CRC Taylor and Francis Group, ISBN 9781498743457

Lawler, J. J., B. Spencer, J. D. Olden, S.-H. Kim, C. Lowe, S. Bolton, B. M. Beamon, L. Thompson, and J. G. Voss. 2013, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies, Pages 315-335.  R. Pielke, Sr., K.Suding, and  T. Seastedt (eds.).  Climate Vulnerability: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources, Volume 5, Ecosystem Function, Elsevier, Inc., Academic Press.  ISBN 9780123847034


Pendergrass, A., J. Zelikova. Arnott, J., H. Bain, R. Barnes, J. Baron, K. Dutt, M. Gay-Antaki, R. Haacker, A. J. Laure, A. Morris, D. Morrison, A.-M. Nunez, , H. Steltzer., L. Thompson, 2019.  Inclusive scientific meetings: Where to start. And Nature News interview with Angie Pendergrass.

Thompson, L. and T. Penduff, 2018, Science (Part II): Large Scale Ocean Circulation Variability and Change in Report of the 2017 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team (OSTST) Meeting, Edited by J. Willis, page 75,

Subramanian, A., A. Giannini, M. Holland, S. Legg, A. Mahadevan, J. Teixeira, C. Ummenhofer, D. Perovich, J. Small, and L. Thompson, 2016, Translating Process Understanding to Improve Climate Models, A US CLIVAR White Paper, 52 pp.

Danabasoglu, G., R. Curry, A. Karspeck, C. Meinen, R. Msadek, M. Patterson, R. Perez, A. Schmittner, L. Thompson, and S. Yeager, 2015: 2014 US AMOC Science Team Annual Report on Progress and Priorities. Report 2015-1, US CLIVAR Project Office, 165 pp. 

Danabasoglu, G., R. Curry, P. Heimbach, Y. Kushnir, C. Meinen, R. Msadek, M. Patterson, L. Thompson, S. Yeager, and R. Zhang, 2014: 2013 US AMOC Science Team Annual Report on Progress and Priorities. Report 2014-4, US CLIVAR Project Office, 162 pp.

Lozier, M. S., A. Adcroft, L. Beal, A. Bower, D. Byrne, A Capotondi, V. Coles, K. Lavender, C. M. Lee, J. MacKinnon, K. Shearman, L. St. Laurent, L. Thompson, and D. Witter.  2006.  MPOWIR: Mentoring physical oceanography to increase retentionReport of a workshop held October 9-12, 2005.  32 pp.

Bryan, F., R. Cohen, I. Fung, T. Gambosi, J. Kinter, B. Smyth, L Thompson, and J. Tromp (2005).   Establishing a Petascale Collaboratory for the Geosciences”.   A report to the Geosciences Community, 80 pages.

Davis, R. E., W.S Kessler, R. Lukas, R.A. Weller, D.W. Behringer, D.R. Cayan, D.B. Chelton, C. Eriksen, S. Esbensen, R.A. Fine, I. Fukumori, G. Kiladis, M.C. Gregg, E. Harrison, G.C. Johnson, T. Lee, N.J. Mantua, J.P. McCreary, M.J. McPhaden, J.C. McWilliams, A.J. Miller, H. Mitsudera, P.P. Niiler, B. Qiu, D. Raymond, D. Roemmich, D.L. Rudnick, N. Schneider, P.S. Schopf, D. Stammer, L. Thompson, W.B. White, 2000, Implementing the Pacific Basin Extended Climate Study (PBECS), CLIVAR.

Thompson, L. 1991.  Flow over finite isolated topography.  Ph.D. Thesis. MIT/WHOI, WHOI-91-05.

Thompson, L. 1989.  Can Potential Vorticity Homogenize in Closed Gyres?  Proceedings, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Summer Program, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Technical Report WHOI-89-54, 448-469. 10.1575/1912/2922