Dr Navid Constantinou

Navid Constantinou
Research Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
 +61 2 61259123



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


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


In press/published

  • Bakas, N. A., N. C. Constantinou, and P. J. Ioannou (2018). Statistical state dynamics of weak jets in barotropic beta-plane turbulence. J. Atmos. Sci., (in press, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-18-0148.1pdf

  • Constantinou, N. C. and J. B. Parker (2018). Magnetic suppression of zonal flows on a beta plane. Astrophys. J.863, 46. doi pdf 
    (paper featured in the ANU and LLNL 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 W. R. Young (2017). Beta-plane turbulence above monoscale topography. J. Fluid. Mech., 827, 415-447. doi pdf

  • Farrell, B. F., P. J. Ioannou, J. Jiménez, N. C. Constantinou, A. Lozano-Durán, and M.-A. Nikolaidis (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., B. F. Farrell, and P. J. Ioannou (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., N. C. Constantinou, and P. J. Ioannou (2015). S3T stability of the homogeneous state of barotropic beta-plane turbulence. J. Atmos. Sci., 72 (5), 1689-1712. doi pdf

  • Constantinou, N. C., A. Lozano-Durán, M.-A. Nikolaidis, B. F. Farrell, P. J. Ioannou, and J. Jiménez (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., B. F. Farrell, and P. J. Ioannou (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 P. J. Ioannou (2011). Optimal excitation of two dimensional Holmboe instabilities. Phys. Fluids, 23, 074102. doi pdf

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