Welcome to GSOCalendar of EventsDirectionsDirectoryContactAlumniSupport GSOGSO Advisory CouncilGSO InfoGSO Profile
GSO Academics
Faculty & ScientistsAcademic ProgramsApplyStudent LifeCurrent StudentsSURFOSeminarsFor Students
GSO Research
Faculty & Scientist SearchFaculty & ScientistsResearch LaboratoriesResearch FacilitiesAnalytical ServicesPell Marine Science Library
RV Endeavor
Where is Endeavor Now?Marine OperationsRI Endeavor ProgramRI Teacher At Sea
Narragansett Bay Campus
Institutes, Centers and OfficesAffiliates, Partners, and Memberships
GSO Outreach
GSO Outreach ProgramsGSO in the MediaGSO at the 2012 Ocean Sciences MeetingGSO at the 2014 Ocean Sciences MeetingGSO at the AGU Fall 2012 MeetingGSO at the AGU Fall 2013 MeetingStudio Blue
AlumniAwards & HonorsFacilitiesFacultyGraduate StudentsOutreachRV EndeavorResearchSpecial Events
President's Message Map and Directions Admission Faculty and Staff Campus Master Plan
Kingston Campus Feinstein Providence Campus Narragansett Bay Campus W. Alton Jones Campus
Colleges, Schools, and Departments Course Schedules and Catalog Graduate School Summer Program Academic Calendars and Exam Schedules Enrollment Services
Division of Research and Economic Development Outreach Programs Graduate School University Libraries Marine and Environmental Programs
Team Sports at GoRhody.com Recreation Ryan Center
Events Calendar News Releases The Good 5¢ Cigar inAdvance@URI QUADangles

Profile Page

David M. Farmer, FRSC, FRS
Emeritus Professor of Oceanography

Educational Background

Ph.D., Physics
M.S., Marine Physics
University of British Columbia
McGill University

Areas of Specialization


Upper ocean physics including air-sea interaction, surface and internal waves, air-entrainment, bubble properties and behavior, turbulence; the interaction of stratified flow with topography; exchange through sea straits, nonlinear internal wave generation and propagation, seismic behavior of sea ice; fjord dynamics; acoustical oceanography; the impact of sound on marine mammals.


Li Qiang (URI)
2010 Thesis: Nonlinear Internal Waves in the South China Sea.


Baschek, B, David M Farmer, 2006, Tidal fronts and their role in air-sea gas exchange, 2006, J. Marine Research, 64, 483-515.

Moum, J., D M Farmer, E. L. Shoryer, W. D. Smyth, L. Armi, 2007, Dissipative losses in nonlinear internal waves propagating across the continental shelf, J. Phys. Oceanogr. 37: 1989-1995.

Qiang Li, David M. Farmer, Timothy F. Duda, Steve Ramp, 2008, Acoustical Measurement of Nonlinear Internal Waves using the Inverted Echo Sounder, J Atmos. Oceanic Technol. 26:2228-2242.

Farmer, David, Li Qiang, Jae-Hun Park, 2009, Internal Wave Observations in the South China Sea: The Role of Rotation and Non-Linearity, Atmosphere-Ocean, 47 (4): 267-280.

Li, Ming, Svein Vagle, David M Farmer, 2009, Large Eddy Simulations of Upper-Ocean Response to a Midlatitude Storm and Comparison with Observations, J. Phys. Oceanogr. 39: 2295-2309.

B. Baschek and D.M. Farmer, 2010. Gas bubbles as oceanographic tracers, 2010, J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 27: 241–245.


'A Strait Affair: The Oceanography of Sea Straits', Riley Lecture, 2004, Dalhousie University.


Member for
7 years 2 weeks