Suki C. K. Wong

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Ph.D. student in Ocean and Climate Physics
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Research interests

I am interested in upper ocean dynamics and the mechanisms that drive air-sea CO2 exchange. I work with observational datasets and climate models, studying physical and biogeochemical oceanography from millimetres to ocean basin scales.

Equatorial Pacific Carbon

I am studying the outgassing of CO2 from the equatorial Pacific region and how the region responds to El-Niño events and anthropogenic climate change. The variability seen here is thought to be responsible for a significant fraction of the global air-sea CO2 exchange variability. [Image taken from]

Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay is a coastal estuary situated in New York City. High inputs of carbon and nutrients from the city's wastewater treatmant plants influences the rate at which Jamaica Bay releases and uptakes CO2 from the atmosphere. I have been trying to estimate the rate of CO2 that goes in and out of the waters in Jamaica Bay.

Air-Sea Interaction Tower

In a joint effort with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), we designed and setup a boundary layer energy budget experiment, offshore of Martha's Vineyard, MA. Various optics were mounted on the Air-Sea Interaction Tower (ASIT) to record breaking waves, from which we can study the energy transfer across the water. More technically, the experiment hopes to estimate the rate of dissipation of turbulent kinetic energy through the boundary layer: ~25m in the air, all the way down to the winter mixed layer depth in the ocean (~20m deep)


S. C. K. Wong and C. J. Zappa (in prep). Wind-forcing of air-water CO2 exchange in a New York City estuary


2020 - present
Ph.D. candidate, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Columbia University, New York, U.S.
Co-advisors: Richard Seager & Galen M. McKinley

2017 - 2020
M.A., Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Columbia University, New York, U.S.
Advisor: Christopher J. Zappa

M.Sci., Physics
Imperial College London, London, U.K.
Undergraduate advisor: Ben Sauer
Graduate advisor: Adam Masters


a random collection of pretty visuals or interesting data

Magnetic reconnection model

Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental process that takes place across plasma boundaries, such as the Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind. On Earth, this phenomena drives geomagnetic storms and auroras. Here is an animation of the modelled electric field strength during reconnection events at Saturn's magnetopause