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Richard Thomson

Phone: (250) 363-6555
Fax: (250) 363-6479
Region: Pacific
Office: Institute of Ocean Sciences

Field(s) of Research:
  • Physical Oceanography
Research Description:
I am a researcher in coastal and deep-sea physical oceanography within the Ocean Sciences Division. Coastal oceanographic processes on the continental shelf and slope including coastally trapped waves, upwelling and baroclinic instability; hydrothermal venting and the physics of buoyant plumes; linkage between circulation and zooplankton biomass aggregations at hydrothermal venting sites; analysis and modelling of landslide generated tsunamis; paleoclimate using tree ring records and sediment cores from coastal inlets and basins.

  1. A matter of timing: The role of the ocean in the initiation of spawning migration by Late-run Fraser River sockeye salmon
  2. Energy decay of the 2004 Sumatra Tsunami in the World Ocean
  3. Environmental Control of the breeding success of rhinoceros auklets at Triangle Island, British Columbia
  4. Intense diurnal surface currents in the Bay of La Paz, Mexico
  5. Observations of long-duration episodic bottom currents in the Middle America Trench: Evidence for tidally initiated turbidity flows
  6. The poleward reach of the California Undercurrent extension
  7. A diagnostic model for mixed layer depth estimation with application to Ocean Station "P" in the northeast Pacific
  8. A matter of timing: Oceanic conditions and migration initiation of Late-run Fraser Sockeye
  9. A review of subtidal benthic habitats and invertebrate biota of the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
  10. Bottom pressure signals at the TAG deep-sea hydrothermal field: Evidence for short-period, flow-induced, ground deformation
  11. Geochemical, isotopic and diatom signatures of homogeneous mud units in sediment cores recovered from Effingham Inlet, British Columbia (Canada)
  12. Meteorological tsunamis on the coasts of British Columbia and Washington
  13. Numerical simulation of mean currents and water property anomalies at Endeavour Ridge: Hydrothermal versus topographic forcing
  14. The Kuril Earthquakes and Tsunamis of November 15, 2006 and January 13, 2007: Observations, Analysis, and Numerical Modeling
  15. Tracking fin and blue whales above the Juan de Fuca Ridge with a local seafloor network]
  16. An Examination of the Factors Affecting Relative and Absolute Sea Level in Coastal British Columbia
  17. Developing a mechanistic understanding of fish migrations by linking telemetry with physilogy, behavior, genomics and experimental biology: an Interdisciplinary case study on adult Fraser River Sockeye Salmon
  18. Geochemical reconstruction of Pacific Decadal variability from the Eastern North Pacific during the Late Holocene
  19. Locally Generated Tsunamis Recorded on the Coast of British Columbia
  20. Modeling the Generation of the Juan de Fuca Eddy
  21. Near source observations and modeling of the Kuril Islands Tsunamis of 15 November 2006 and 13 December 2007
  22. Numerical simulation of a hydrophysical structure near the seafloor in a hydrothermal venting region
  23. Post-galcial evolution of a Pacific coastal fjord in British Columbia, Canada: Interactions of sea-level change, crustal response, and environmental fluctuations based on MONA Core MD02-2494
  24. Relative and Absolute Sea-Level Rise in Western Canada and North-western U.S. from a Combined Tide Gauge-GPS Analysis
  25. Sewage treatment wasted - The Victoria (BC, Canada) example
  26. The 2004 Sumatra tsunami as recorded on the Atlantic coast of South America
  27. Destruction of the Pre-contact First Nations Village of Kwalate by a Rock Avalanche-generated Tsunami
  28. Double Jeopardy: Concurrent Arrival of the 2004 Sumatra Tsunami and Storm-generated Waves on the Atlantic Coast of the United States and Canada
  29. Estuarine versus transient flow regimes in Juan de Fuca Strait
  30. Sea-ice and current response to the wind: A vector regressional analysis approach
  31. Siliceous microfossil record of late Holocene oceanography and climate along the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Canada).
  32. The 26 December 2004 Sumatra tsunami: Analysis of tide gauge data from the World Ocean. Part 1. Indian Ocean and South Africa
  33. Comparison of MM5 and Meteorological Buoy Winds for the West Coast of North America
  34. The California Tsunami of 15 June 2005 along the coast of North America
  35. The Sumatra tsunami of 26 December 2004 as observed in the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans
  36. Bottom-up ecosystem trophic dynamics determine fish production in the northeast Pacific
  37. Estimation of tsunami risk for the coasts of Peru and Northern Chile
  38. Late Holocene laminated sediments of Effingham Inlet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia: Implications for regional geologic, paleoseismic, oceangraphic and climatic history
  39. Late holocene paleofish populations in Effingham Inlet, British Columbia, Canada
  40. Numerical simulation of hydrothermal vent-induced circulation at Endeavour Ridge
  41. Oceanographic Habitat of Sponge Reefs on the Western Canadian Continental Shelf
  42. On long-term tsunami forecasting
  43. Sponge reefs in Queen Charlotte Basin, Canada: controls on distribution, growth and development
  44. The Dual Source Region for the 2004 Sumatra Tsunami
  45. The Grand Banks Landslide-Generated Tsunami of November 18, 1929: Preliminary Analysis and Numerical Modeling
  46. Holocene Solar Variability and Pelagic Fish Productivity in the NE Pacific
  47. Sea-ice drift dynamics on the northeastern shelf of Sakhalin Island
  48. The Global Reach of the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
  49. Constrained circulation at Endeavour Ridge facilitates colonisation by vent larvae
  50. Distribution of diatom surface sediment assemblages within Effingham Inlet, a temperate fjord on the west coast of Vancouver Island (Canada): Implications for paleoceanography
  51. Estimating mixed layer depth from profile data
  52. Numerical modelling of tsunamis generated by hypothetical landslides in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
  53. The Seas of Titan
  54. Topographic Steering of a Mid-depth Drifter in an Eddy-like Circulation Region South and East of the Hawaiian Ridge
  55. Deep-ocean temperature variations and implications for errors in seafloor heat flow determination
  56. Drifter observations of anticyclonic eddies off Bussol' Strait, Kuril Islands
  57. Isotopic composition of hydrothermal epiplume zooplankton: Evidence for mixed food resourses and implications for carbon recycling in the water column
  58. Numerical Modeling of Tsunami Generation by Submarine and Subaerial Landslides
  59. Temporal variability in the composition of particles leaving a non-buoyant hydrothermal plume
  60. The Foreslope Hills: deep water sedimentary bedforms in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
  61. An episode of seafloor spreading and associated plate deformation inferred from crustal fluid pressure transients
  62. Ascending and descending particle flux from hydrothermal plumes at Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge
  63. Covariation of zooplankton community changes and oceanographic conditions on the British Columbia continental margin, 1985-1998
  64. Evidence for a weakly stratified Europan ocean sustained by seafloor heat flux
  65. Evidence of Diurnal Shelf Waves in Satellite-Tracked Drifter Trajectories off the Kuril Islands.
  66. Lipid-rich ascending particles from the hydrothermal plume at Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge
  67. On numerical simulation of the landslide-generated tsunami of November 3, 1994 in Skagway Harbor, Alaska
  68. Physics and biology over a submarine canyon during an upwelling event
  69. Spectral Characteristics of Sea Level Variability along the West Coast of North America during the 1982-83 and 1997-98 El Niño Events
  70. Distribution and relative importance of jellyfish in a region of hydrothermal venting
  71. Foraminiferal distribution in a suboxic-anoxic inlet on Vancouver Island, west coast of Canada
  72. Formation-scale hydraulic and mechanical properties of oceanic crust inferred from pore-pressure response to periodic seafloor loading
  73. Interannual to multidecadal timescale climate variations in the northeast Pacific
  74. Seasonal current simulations for the western continental margin of Vancouver Island
  75. Time series acoustic observations of macro-zooplankton diel migration and associated pelagic fish abundance
  76. Abrupt declines in the recreational catch of coho salmon in the Strait of Georgia in the 1990s are related to changes in climate
  77. Lagrangian measurement of mid-depth currents in the eastern tropical Pacific
  78. Near-surface circulation for the northeast Pacific Ocean from WOCE-SVP satellite-tracked drifters
  79. On sampling strategies and interpolation schemes for WOCE-SVP satellite-tracked drifters
  80. The landslide-generated tsunami of November 3, 1994 in Skagway Harbor, Alaska: A case study
  81. The seasonal cycle in sinking particle fluxes off Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  82. A basin-scale oceanic instability event in the Gulf of Alaska
  83. Elevated NH4+ in a neutrally-buoyant hydrothermal plume
  84. Evidence for nonlinear interaction between internal waves of inertial and semidiurnal frequency
  85. Lagrangian measurements in Lake Ontario
  86. Satellite-tracked drifter measurements of inertial and semidiurnal currents in the northeast Pacific
  87. Sea-Level Change
  88. The rise and fall of the Co-Axial hydrothermal site, 1993-1996
  89. Tsunami generation by landslides at the Pacific coast of North America and the role of tides
  90. Distribution and abundance of larval sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria), off the west coast of Vancouver Island and linkages to physcial oceanography
  91. Late quaternary paleoceanographic changes in Dixon Entrance, northwest British Columbia: Evidence from the foraminferal faunal succession
  92. Oceanic odyssey of a satellite-tracked drifter: North Pacific variability delineated by a single drifter trajectory
  93. Physical, biological and fisheries oceanography of a large ecosystem (west coast of Vancouver Island) and implications for management
  94. Three-Dimensional Model Simulations of Tides and Buoyancy Currents along the West Coast of Vancouver Island
  95. A current velocity index of ocean variability
  96. Characteristics of a 4-day oscillation trapped by the Juan de Fuca Ridge
  97. Particle Fluxes from the Euphotic Zone over the Continental Slope of an Eastern Boundary Current Region
  98. Distribution of zooplankton associated with the Endeavour Ridge Hydrothermal Plume
  99. Foraminiferal evidence of Younger Dryas cooling on the British Columbia shelf
  100. Hydrothermal event plumes from the Co-Axial seafloor eruption site, Juan de Fuca Ridge
  101. Hydrothermal venting and geothermal heating in Cascadia Basin
  102. Observations of manganese and iron at the CoAxial seafloor eruption site, Juan de Fuca Ridge
  103. Oceanographic features of Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound in summer
  104. Stability characteristics of deep-water replacement in the Strait of Georgia
  105. Wind-induced Upwelling along the west coast of North America, 1899-1988'
  106. Application of forced shelf wave dynamics along the coast of British Columbia
  107. Hydrothermal venting affects zooplankton assemblages throughout the water column
  108. Residual currents in Juan de Fuca Strait. 1994
  109. Surface salinity variations in Juan de Fuca Strait: Test of a predictive model
  110. Bottom-trapped subinertial motions over mid-ocean ridges in a stratified rotating ocean
  111. Flow volume calculations based on three-dimensional current and net orientation data
  112. Variations in water-column 3He/heat ratios associated with the 1993 CoAxial event, Juan de Fuca Ridge
  113. Airborne SAR observations of mesoscale ocean features
  114. Airborne synthetic aperture radar imagery of atmospheric gravity waves
  115. Composition of a deep scattering layer overlying a mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal plume
  116. Physical characteristics of the Endeavour Ridge Hydrothermal plume during July 1988
  117. The deep scattering layer associated with the Endeavour Ridge hydrothermal plume
  118. An intense acoustic back-scattering layer at the top of a mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal plume
  119. Link Between Long-Term Variability in Upwelling and Fish Production in the Northeast Pacific Ocean
  120. Physical Oceanography of the Western Canadian continental shelf
  121. Velocity and temperature fluctuations in a buoyancy-driven current off Vancouver Island
  122. A possible eddy retention mechanism for ichthyoplankton in Hecate Strait
  123. Analysis of deep-drogued satellite-tracked drifter measurements in the northeast Pacific Ocean
  124. Inertial oscillations observed near British Columbia
  125. Near-inertial motions over a mid-ocean ridge: Effects of topography and hydrothermal vents
  126. Reply to Comment on "Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Observations of a Mid-Ocean Ridge Plume" by D.R. Palmer and P.A. Rona
  127. Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Observations of a Mid-Ocean Ridge Hydrothermal Plume
  128. Steric sea level trends in the northeast Pacific Ocean: Possible evidence of global sea level rise
  129. The Vancouver Island Coastal Current: Fisheries barrier and Conduit
  130. Interaction of internal waves and mean flow observed near a coast
  131. Oceanic factors affecting the distribution and recruitment of west coast fisheries
  132. Time series measurements from a moored fluorescence-based dissolved oxygen sensor
  133. Coastal countercurrent and mesoscale eddy formation by tidal rectification near an oceanic cape.
  134. Steric height trends at Ocean Station PAPA in the northeast Pacific Ocean
  135. Upwelling filaments and motion of a satellite-tracked drifter along the west coast of North America
  136. Runoff driven coastal flow off British Columbia
  137. Sedimentology of Amphitrite Bank: A commercially exploited groundfish habitat - southern continental shelf, British Columbia, Canada
  138. The Haida Current
  139. A wind-induced mesoscale eddy on the Vancouver Island continental slope
  140. Inertial oscillations due to a moving front
  141. On wavenumber estimates for forced continental shelf waves
  142. Steady wind-driven circulation on a beta-plane
  143. A cyclonic eddy over the continental margin of Vancouver Island: Evidence for baroclinic instability
  144. Currents along the Pacific coast of Canada
  145. Diurnal period continental shelf waves along Vancouver Island: A comparison of observations and model
  146. Tidal period upwelling within Raine Island Entrance, Great Barrier Reef
  147. Wind-driven circulation on the northern Great Barrier reef continental shelf in summer
  148. A comparison between computed and measured oceanic winds near the British Columbia coast
  149. Baroclinic oscillations of tidal frequency at Ocean Station P
  150. Diurnal period continental shelf waves along Vancouver Island
  151. The generation of diurnal period continental shelf waves by tidal currents
  152. Detecting temperature finestructure and mesoscale frontal regimes along Line P in the northeast Pacific Ocean
  153. Wind-driven inertial oscillations of large spatial coherence.
  154. M2 baroclinic tides in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia
  155. Oscillation megaripples on the northeast Pacific continental shelf
  156. Currents in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia: supplementary data on the Vancouver Island side
  157. Re-examination of vorticity transfer theory
  158. Rectilinear leads and internal motions in the pack ice of the Western Arctic Ocean
  159. The balance and redistribution of potential vorticity within the ocean
  160. Vortex streets in the wake of the Aleutian Islands
  161. The attenuation of vertically propagating internal gravity waves by a randomly varying wind/current shear
  162. Tidal currents and estuarine-type circulation in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia
  163. Longshore current generation by internal waves in the Strait of Georgia
  164. Spatially periodic lead patterns in the Canadian Basin sea ice: a possible relationship to planetary waves
  165. The propagation of planetary waves over random topography
  166. The energy and energy flux of planetary waves in an ocean of variable depth
  167. An explanation for the warm water intrusion off the British Columbia coast.
  168. On the Alaskan Stream
  169. On the generation of Kelvin-type waves by atmospheric disturbances