Seth Zippel

Seth Zippel

Assitant Scientist

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Seth Zippel is an Assistant Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering department. Seth studies how the ocean and the atmosphere interact using field measurements from a diverse set of regions including estuaries, the open ocean, and the Arctic. Air-sea interactions are heavily influenced by waves, wave breaking, and turbulent processes in the upper ocean, and these processes ultimately are important for prediction of weather, climate, and sea state. When Seth is not in the lab, he is out surfing or learning to kiteboard in Cape Cod’s Waquoit Bay.


  • Air-sea interactions
  • Waves, wave breaking, wave/current interaction, wave/ice interaction
  • Turbulence and boundary layers


  • PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017

    University of Washington

  • MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014

    University of Washington

  • BA in Physics, 2009

    Whitman College