Thomas Lippmann

Phone: (603) 862-4450
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab Rm 165, Durham, NH 03824
thomas lippmann

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.


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

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 502: Beaches and Coasts
  • ESCI 720/820: Ocean Measurements Lab
  • ESCI/OE 764/864/764/864: Spectral Anly Geophys Data
  • ESCI/OE 796/896/795/895: Top/Time Series Analysis
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences
  • OCE 999: Doctoral Research
  • OE 710/810: Ocean Measurements Lab

Selected Publications

Marin Jarrin, M. J., & 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

Wengrove, M. E., Foster, D. L., Lippmann, T., de Schipper, M., & Calantoni, J. (2019). Observations of bedform migration and bedload sediment transport in combined wave-current flows. Journal of Geophysical Research, 124. doi:10.1029/2019JC014555

Cook, S. E., Lippmann, T. C., & Irish, J. D. (2019). Modeling nonlinear tidal evolution in an energetic estuary. Ocean Modelling, 136, 13-27. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2019.02.009

Choi, J. -G., Jo, Y. -H., Moon, I. -J., Park, J., Kim, D. -W., & Lippmann, T. C. (2018). Physical forces determine the annual bloom intensity of the giant jellyfish Nemopilema nomurai off the coast of Korea. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 24, 55-65. doi:10.1016/j.rsma.2018.07.003

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. (n.d.). The spatial and temporal variability of sand bar morphology. Journal of Geophysical Research, 95(C7), 11575. doi:10.1029/jc095ic07p11575

Lippmann, T. C., & Holman, R. A. (n.d.). Quantification of sand bar morphology: A video technique based on wave dissipation. Journal of Geophysical Research, 94(C1), 995. doi:10.1029/jc094ic01p00995

Most Cited Publications