Faculty and Staff
Title: Professor
Research Field: Physical Oceanography
Department: Key Laboratory of Ocean Circulation and Waves
Tel/Fax: 86-532-82898870

2004 – present, Professor, Institute of Oceanology, CAS
2001-2003, Research Associate, GFDL/NOAA, Princeton University
1995 – 2001, Research Assistant, GSO, University of Rhode Island
1994 –1995, Assistant Researcher, NMDIS, SOA


Ph.D., 2001, University of Rhode Island, USA.
M.S., 1994, Ocean University of Qingdao, China.
B.E., 1991, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China.


Research Interests
Fundamental theory of geophysical fluid dynamics and its application in
atmospheric and oceanic flows; Study of shelf circulation and basin-wide gyre
through observational analysis and numerical simulation


Honors and Awards
CAS One-hundred Talents Program Award, 2004-2008


Selected Publications
1.Sun C., 2017, Vertical alignment of stagnation points in pseudo-plane ideal flows. AIP Advances, 7, 095314, 1-12
2.Sun C., 2017, Geometric structure of pseudo-plane quadratic flows. Physics of Fluids, 29, 036602.
3.Sun C., 2017, Explicit equations to transform from Cartesian to elliptic coordinates. Mathematical Modelling and Applications, 2, 43-46.
4.Sun C. 2017, Riverine influence on ocean color in the equatorial South China Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 143, 151-158.
5.Sun C. 2016, High-order exact solutions for pseudo-plane ideal flows. Physics of Fluids, 28, 083602.
6.Sun C., Ma X. 2016. Estimating thermohaline variability of the equatorial Pacific Ocean from satellite altimetry. Science China Earth Science, 59, 2213-2222.

7.Yan, X., C. Sun, 2015: An altimetric transport index for Kuroshio inflow northeast of Taiwan Island. Science China Earth Sciences, DOI: 10.1007/s11430-014-5024-z
8.Sun C., H. Zhan, 2012: Interannual and interdecadal variability of East Asian monsoon and its relation to oceanic processes: a review, Chin. J. Oceanol. Limnol., 30(6), 905-907
9.Sun C., X. Yan, and X. Ma, 2012: Interdecadal variations of surface winds over China marginal seas, Chin. J. Oceanol. Limnol., 30(6), 908-921
10.Sun C. and X. Yan, 2012: Interannual variations of surface winds over China marginal seas, Chin. J. Oceanol. Limnol., 30(6), 922-932
11.Zhang L., C. Sun, D. Hu, 2012: Relationship between oceanic heat content and sea surface height on interannual time scale, Chin. J. Oceanol. Limnol., 30(6), 123-129
12.Zhang L and C. Sun, 2012: A geostrophic empirical mode based on altimetric sea surface height. Science China Earth Sciences, 55,1193–1205
13.Zhang, L., C. Sun, and D. Hu, 2012: Interannual variability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current strength based on merged altimeter data. Chin. Sci. Bull., 57(16), 2015-2021
14.Sun, C., 2008: A baroclinic laminar state for rotating stratified flows. J. Atmos. Sci., 65, 2740–2747
15.Sun C., 2007: Temperature phase tilt in unstable baroclinic waves. J. Atmos. Sci.,
64, 4520-4522
16.Sun, C., 2005: Equivalent-barotropic definition of tropospheric mean temperature. J. Atmos. Sci., 62, 3172-3192
17.Sun, C. and D. Watts, 2002: A pulsation mode in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current south of Australia. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 32, 1459-1479
18.Sun, C. and D. Watts, 2002: Heat flux carried by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current mean flow. J. Geophys. Res., 107, C9, 3119
19.Sun, C.and D. Watts, 2002: A view of ACC fronts in streamfunction space. Deep-Sea Res., 49, 1141-1164
20.Sun, C. and D. Watts, 2001: A circumpolar gravest empirical mode for the Southern Ocean hydrography. J. Geophys. Res., 106, 2833-2856.
21.Sun, C., 2001: The columnar structure in stratified geostrophic flows. Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn., 95, 55-65
22.Watts, D., C. Sun, and S. Rintoul, 2001: A two-dimensional gravest empirical modes determined from hydrographic observations in the Subantarctic Front. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 31, 2186-2209