Dr Navid Constantinou

Research Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

Navid grew up in Cyprus. He is a physicist at heart and he’s fascinated with geophysical fluid dynamics. His Ph.D. research focussed on atmospheric dynamics and in particular the study of how the sub polar jet stream interacts with atmospheric turbulence. After his PhD, he was awarded a NOAA Climate & Global Change postdoctoral fellowship (2015-2017) to go at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. There, he tried to shed insight on some of the physical processes that occur in the ocean by studying the interaction among oceanic eddies, large-scale ocean currents, and underwater mountains at the bottom of the ocean. He joined ANU as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes in May 2018. He is part of the climate variability project focussing on the circulation of the Southern Ocean. Besides research he enjoys biking a lot and whenever he has the chance he enters in the ocean in person.

Research interests

physical oceanography, atmospheric dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics


Submitted/In review

  • Lozano-Durán, A., Nikolaidis, M.-A., Constantinou, N. C., and Karp, M. (2019). Wall turbulence without modal instability of the streaks. (submitted) arXiv  pdf 


Published/In press

  • Constantinou, N. C. and Hogg, A. McC. (2019). Eddy saturation of the Southern Ocean: a baroclinic versus barotropic perspective. Geophys. Res. Lett. 46. (in press, doi:10.1029/2019GL084117) [model animationdoi pdf

  • Martínez-Moreno, J., Hogg, A. McC., Kiss, A. E., Constantinou, N. C., and Morrison, A. K. (2019). Kinetic energy of eddy-like features from sea surface altimetry. J. Adv. Model. Earth Sy., 11. (in press, doi:10.1029/2019MS001769) doi pdf

  • Parker, J. B. and Constantinou, N. C. (2019). Magnetic eddy viscosity of mean shear flows in two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics. Phys. Rev. Fluids, 4, 083701. doi pdf 
    (paper featured in the ANU and LLNL press news)

  • Bakas, N. A., Constantinou, N. C., and P. J. Ioannou (2019). Statistical state dynamics of weak jets in barotropic beta-plane turbulence. J. Atmos. Sci.,  76 (3), 919-945. doi pdf
    (paper featured in the CLEx  press news)

  • Constantinou, N. C. and Parker, J. B. (2018). Magnetic suppression of zonal flows on a beta plane. Astrophys. J.863, 46. doi pdf 
    (paper featured in the ANULLNL, and CLEx  press news; also read about it in The Conversation)

  • Constantinou, N. C. (2018). A barotropic model of eddy saturation. J. Phys. Oceanogr.,  48 (2), 397-411 doi pdf

  • Constantinou, N. C. and Young, W. R. (2017). Beta-plane turbulence above monoscale topography. J. Fluid. Mech.827, 415-447. doi pdf

  • Farrell, B. F., Ioannou, P. J., Jiménez, J., Constantinou, N.C., Lozano-Durán, A., and Nikolaidis, M.-A. (2016). A statistical state dynamics-based study of the structure and mechanism of large-scale motions in plane Poiseuille flow. J. Fluid. Mech.809, 290-315. doi pdf

  • Constantinou, N. C., Farrell, B. F., and Ioannou, P. J. (2016). Statistical state dynamics of jet—wave coexistence in barotropic beta-plane turbulence. J. Atmos. Sci.73 (5), 2229-2253. doi pdf

  • Bakas, N. A., Constantinou, N. C., and Ioannou, P. J. (2015). S3T stability of the homogeneous state of barotropic beta-plane turbulence. J. Atmos. Sci.72 (5), 1689-1712. doi pdf

  • Constantinou, N. C., Lozano-Durán, A., Nikolaidis, M.-A., Farrell, B. F., Ioannou, P. J., and Jiménez J. (2014). Turbulence in the highly restricted dynamics of a closure at second order: comparison with DNS. J. Phys.: Conf. Ser.506, 012004. doi pdf

  • Constantinou, N. C., Farrell, B. F., and Ioannou, P. J. (2014). Emergence and equilibration of jets in beta-plane turbulence: applications of Stochastic Structural Stability Theory, J. Atmos. Sci.71 (5), 1818-1842. doi pdf

  • Constantinou, N. C. and Ioannou, P. J. (2011). Optimal excitation of two dimensional Holmboe instabilities. Phys. Fluids23, 074102. doi pdf

Instabilities in fluids (EMSC3050/EMSC4050/EMSC8014), Semester 2, 2018.  Class Website