Matt Patterson

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Matt Patterson

Graduate Student

I study the dynamics of jet streams in the southern hemisphere, particularly focusing on the south Pacific.

In southern hemisphere summer, the eddy driven jet is zonally symmetric but in winter the jet exhibits behaviour which differs greatly at different longitudes. In the south Pacific, the eddy driven jet is weaker and sometimes splits into two jets which subsequently merge. This behaviour has not been found in any other region.

I'm currently studying this using ERA interim reanalysis.