Research Areas research areas


  • Prof. Laxague received his Ph.D. in 2016 from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami and his B.S. in 2011 from the University of Miami. Prior to joining UNH, he was a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

    Prof. Laxague makes field and laboratory measurements to explore the fundamental physical interactions between the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. He is particularly interested in ocean surface waves and their mediation of air-sea fluxes, looking to leverage the best-available engineering solutions in order to improve in-situ observational techniques.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Thin ice, deep snow and surface flooding in Kotzebue Sound: landfast ice mass balance during two anomalously warm winters and implications for marine mammals and subsistence huntingJournal of Glaciology.  67:1013-1027. 2021
    2021 Co-production of knowledge reveals loss of Indigenous hunting opportunities in the face of accelerating Arctic climate changeEnvironmental Research Letters.  16:095003-095003. 2021
    2020 The Impact of Rain on Ocean Surface Waves and CurrentsGeophysical Research Letters.  47. 2020
    2020 Observations of mean and wave orbital flows in the ocean's upper centimetresJournal of Fluid Mechanics.  887. 2020
    2019 The Variability of Winds and Fluxes Observed Near Submesoscale FrontsJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.  124:7756-7780. 2019
    2019 The Impact of Wind Gusts on the Ocean Thermal Skin LayerGeophysical Research Letters.  46:11301-11309. 2019
    2018 Quantifying Highly Variable Air-Sea Momentum Flux Using Wavelet AnalysisJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.  35:1849-1863. 2018
    2018 Spectral Characteristics of Gravity-Capillary Waves, With Connections to Wave Growth and MicrobreakingJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.  123:4576-4592. 2018
    2018 Near-Surface Current Mapping by Shipboard Marine X-Band Radar: A ValidationJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.  35:1077-1090. 2018
    2018 Ocean convergence and the dispersion of flotsam.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  115:1162-1167. 2018
    2018 Observations of Near-Surface Current Shear Help Describe Oceanic Oil and Plastic TransportGeophysical Research Letters.  45:245-249. 2018
    2017 A Biodegradable Surface Drifter for Ocean Sampling on a Massive ScaleJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.  34:2509-2532. 2017
    2017 Gravity-Capillary Wave Spectral Modulation by Gravity WavesIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.  55:2477-2485. 2017
    2017 Passive Optical Sensing of the Near-Surface Wind-Driven Current ProfileJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.  34:1097-1111. 2017
    2016 Sea Spray Generation in Very High WindsJournals of the Atmospheric Sciences.  73:3975-3995. 2016
    2016 Statistical properties of the surface velocity field in the northern Gulf of Mexico sampled by GLAD driftersJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.  121:5193-5216. 2016
    2016 A laboratory study of spray generation in high windsIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science.  35:012008-012008. 2016
    2016 Surface dynamics of crude and weathered oil in the presence of dispersants: Laboratory experiment and numerical simulationJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.  121:3502-3516. 2016
    2016 Water surface slope spectra in nearshore and river mouth environmentsIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science.  35:012013-012013. 2016
    2016 On the nature of the frontal zone of the Choctawhatchee Bay plume in the Gulf of MexicoJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.  121:1322-1345. 2016
    2015 Spectral characterization of fine-scale wind waves using shipboard optical polarimetryJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.  120:3140-3156. 2015
    2015 Ocean current estimation using a Multi-Model Ensemble Kalman Filter during the Grand Lagrangian Deployment experiment (GLAD)Ocean Modelling.  87:86-106. 2015
    2015 Scaling laws for the upper ocean temperature dissipation rateGeophysical Research Letters.  42:839-846. 2015
    2015 The spatial-temporal variability of air-sea momentum fluxes observed at a tidal inletJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.  120:660-676. 2015
    2014 Data assimilation considerations for improved ocean predictability during the Gulf of Mexico Grand Lagrangian Deployment (GLAD)Ocean Modelling.  83:98-117. 2014
    2011 Pattern in escalations in insurgent and terrorist activity.Science The Scientific monthly.  333:81-84. 2011

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2015 Coastal Dynamics Observed from a Mobile Air-Sea Interaction Platform2015 IEEE/OES 11TH CURRENT, WAVES AND TURBULENCE MEASUREMENT (CWTM). 2015

    Teaching Activities

  • Heat Transfer Taught course 2022
  • Heat Transfer Taught course 2022
  • Heat Transfer Taught course 2021
  • Heat Transfer Taught course 2021
  • Ocean Engineering Seminar Taught course 2021
  • Ocean Engineering Seminar Taught course 2021
  • Ocean Engineering Seminar Taught course 2020
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Nathan Laxague