Dr. Aagaard investigates high-latitude oceanic processes and their role in climate. He is currently focusing on the changing Arctic Ocean, and on the role of freshwater in shaping the Bering Sea ecosystem. His work involves ocean observations and monitoring as well as analysis, all within a broad regional framework. His research has entailed fieldwork throughout the Arctic Ocean and its adjacent seas and in the Subarctic. Dr. Aagaard holds a joint appointment with the School of Oceanography. He has published several books and his research papers appear in a variety of oceanographic and geophysical journals. Prior to joining PSC in 1992, he spent 6 years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and 20 years at the School of Oceanography, University of Washington. He is the Principal Investigator of the Best Bering Shelf study sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Pickart, R.S., M.A.Spall, G.W.K.Moore, T.J. Weingartner, R.A. Woodgate, K. Aagaard and K.Shimada, 2011, Upwelling in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea: Atmospheric Forcing and Local versus non-local response, Progress in Oceanography, 88, 78-100
Kadko, D., and K. Aagaard,’ Glimpses of Arctic Ocean shelf-basin interaction from submarine-borne radium sampling‘, Deep-Sea Res. I,, 56, 32-40, 2009.
Aagaard, K., R. Andersen, J. Swift, and J. Johnson,’ A large eddy in the central Arctic Ocean’, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L09601, doi:10.1029/2008GL033461, 2008.
Woodgate, R.A., K. Aagaard, J.H. Swift, W.M. Smethie and K.K. Falkner, “Atlantic Water Circulation over the Mendeleev Ridge and Chukchi Borderland from Thermohaline Intrusions and Water Mass Properties”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, C02005, doi:10.1029/2005JC003416, 2007.
Serreze, M. C., A. P. Barrett, A. J. Slater, R. A. Woodgate, K. Aagaard, R. Lammers, M. Steele, R. Moritz, M. Meredith, C. Lee, The large-scale freshwater cycle of the arctic, J. Geophys. Res., 111, C11010, doi:10.1029/2005JC003424, 2006.
Woodgate, R.A., K.Aagaard and T.J. Weingartner,’ Interannual changes in the Bering Strait fluxes of Volume, Heat and Freshwater between 1991 and 2004‘, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L15609, doi:10.1029/2006GL026931, 2006.
Williams, W.J., E.C. Carmack, K. Shimada, H. Melling, K. Aagaard, R.W. Macdonald, and R.G. Ingram,’ Joint effects of wind and ice motion in forcing upwelling in Mackenzie Trough, Beaufort Sea’, Cont. Shelf Res., 26, 2352-2366, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2006.06.012, 2006.
Peterson, B.J., J. McClelland, R. Curry, R.M. Holmes, J.E. Walsh, and K. Aagaard,’ Trajectory shifts in the arctic and subarctic freshwater cycle’, Science, 313, 1061-1066, 2006.
Danielson, S., K. Aagaard, T. Weingartner, S. Martin, P. Winsor, G. Gawarkiewicz, and D. Quadfasel,’ The St. Lawrence polynya and the Bering shelf circulation: New observations that test the models’, J. Geophys. Res., 111, C09023, doi:10.1029/2005JC003268, 2006.
Woodgate, R.A., K. Aagaard, J.H. Swift, K.K. Falkner and W.M. Smethie,’ Pacific Ventilation of the Arctic Ocean’s lower halocline by upwelling and diapycnal mixing over the continental margin‘, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L18609, doi:10.1029/2005GL023999, 2005.
Woodgate, R.A, K. Aagaard and T. Weingartner,’ A year in the Physical Oceanography of the Chukchi Sea. Moored measurements from Autumn 1990-1991‘, Deep Sea Research Part II, 52, 3116-3149, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2005.10.016, 2005.
Woodgate, R.A., K. Aagaard, and T.J. Weingartner,’ Monthly temperature, salinity, and transport variability of the Bering Strait through flow‘, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, 10.1029/2004GL021880, 2005.
Woodgate, R.A., and K. Aagaard,’ Revising the Bering Strait freshwater flux into the Arctic Ocean‘, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, 10.1029/2004GL021747, 2005.
Weingartner, T., K. Aagaard, R. Woodgate, S. Danielson, Y. Sasaki, D. Cavalieri,’ Circulation on the North Central Chukchi Sea Shelf’, Deep Sea Research Part II, 52, 3150-3174, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2005.10.015, 2005.
Falkner, K., M. Steele, R. Woodgate, J. Swift, K. Aagaard, and J. Morison, “Dissolved oxygen extrema in the Arctic Ocean halocline from the North Pole to the Lincoln Sea“, Deep-Sea Res., Volume 52, Issue 7, Pages 1138-1154, 2005.
Morison, J. H., K. Aagaard, K. K. Falkner, K, Hatakeyama, R. Moritz, J. E. Overland, D. Perovich, K. Shimada, M. Steele, T. Takizawa, R. Woodgate, Early results from the North Pole Environmental Observatory, EOS Trans., 83(33), pp. 357, 360-361, 2002.
Morison, J. H., K. Aagaard, and M. Steele, Recent environmental changes in the Arctic: A review, Arctic, 53, 359-371, 2000.