Thomas Lippmann

Thomas Lippmann

Professor
Oceanography Graduate Coordinator & Ocean Engineering Undergraduate Coordinator
Office: Earth Sciences, Chase Hall Room 121B, Durham, NH 03824

Tom Lippmann is a nearshore oceanographer with affiliation with the Department of Earth Sciences and the Ocean Engineering program.

He received a BA in Mathematics and Biology from Linfield College (1985), and an MS (1989) and PhD (1992) in Oceanography at Oregon State University. His dissertation research conducted within the Geological Oceanography Department was on shallow water physical oceanography and large scale coastal behavior. He went on to do a Post Doc at the Naval Postgraduate School (1992-1995) in Physical Oceanography.

He worked as a Research Oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1995-1999) in the Center for Coastal Studies, and retains a research associate with the Integrated Oceanography Division at SIO. He was then a Research Scientist at Ohio State University (1999-2008) jointly in the Byrd Polar Research Center and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science.

Dr. Lippmann's research is focused on shallow water oceanography, hydrography, and bathymetric evolution in coastal waters spanning inner continental shelf, surf zone, and inlet environments. Research questions are collaboratively addressed with a combination of experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches. He has participated in 14 nearshore field experiments and spent over 18 months in the field.

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 502: Beaches and Coasts
  • ESCI 720/820: Ocean Measurements Lab
  • ESCI 764/864: Spectral Anly Geophys Data
  • ESCI 895/996: Topics/NearshoreHydrodyn
  • ESCI/OE 764/864/764/864: Spectral Anly Geophys Data
  • ESCI/OE 996/995: AdvTop/Nearshore Hydrodynamics
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences
  • OCE 999: Doctoral Research
  • OE 400: Ocean Engineering Seminar
  • OE 864: Spectral Anly Geophys Data
  • OE 999: Doctoral Research

Education

  • Ph.D., Bio Oceanography, Oregon State University
  • M.S., Bio Oceanography, Oregon State University
  • B.A., Mathematics, Linfield College
  • B.A., Biology, Linfield College

Selected Publications

  • Paprocki, J., Stark, N., & Lippmann, T. (2024). Geotechnical Characterization of a Tidal Estuary Mudflat Using Portable Free-Fall Penetrometers. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 150(1). doi:10.1061/jggefk.gteng-11579

  • Humberston, J. L., & Lippmann, T. C. (2022). The Effect of Regional Winds on Subtidal Along-Inlet Currents at Oregon Inlet, NC. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 127(8). doi:10.1029/2022JC018513

  • Lippmann, T. C., Simpson, A. E., Cook, S. E., & Kirshen, P. (2021). Effects of Sea Level Rise on Storm Surge Flooding and Current Speeds in New Hampshire Estuaries. JOURNAL OF WATERWAY PORT COASTAL AND OCEAN ENGINEERING, 147(2). doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000613

  • Jarrin, M. J. M., & Lippmann, T. C. (2019). Interannual Variability of Mixed Layer Dynamics in the Ecuadorian Ocean. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 124(12), 8777-8797. doi:10.1029/2019JC015086

  • Wengrove, M. E., Foster, D. L., Lippmann, T. C., de Schipper, M. A., & Calantoni, J. (2019). Observations of Bedform Migration and Bedload Sediment Transport in Combined Wave-Current Flows. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 124(7), 4572-4590. doi:10.1029/2018JC014555

  • Holland, K. T., Holman, R. A., Lippmann, T. C., Stanley, J., & Plant, N. (1997). Practical use of video imagery in nearshore oceanographic field studies. IEEE JOURNAL OF OCEANIC ENGINEERING, 22(1), 81-92. doi:10.1109/48.557542

  • Holman, R., Sallenger, A., Lippmann, T., & Haines, J. (1993). The Application of Video Image Processing to the Study of Nearshore Processes. Oceanography, 6(3), 78-85. doi:10.5670/oceanog.1993.02

  • Lippmann, T. C., & Holman, R. A. (1990). The spatial and temporal variability of sand bar morphology. Journal of Geophysical Research, 95(C7), 11-590.

  • LIPPMANN, T. C., & HOLMAN, R. A. (1990). THE SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL VARIABILITY OF SAND-BAR MORPHOLOGY. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 95(C7), 11575-11590. doi:10.1029/JC095iC07p11575

  • LIPPMANN, T. C., & HOLMAN, R. A. (1989). QUANTIFICATION OF SAND-BAR MORPHOLOGY - A VIDEO TECHNIQUE BASED ON WAVE DISSIPATION. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 94(C1), 995-1011. doi:10.1029/JC094iC01p00995

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