You can also find my papers on my Google Scholar profile. Please contact me if you are interested in a paper under review.

In Progress

Zhang, G., R. Chen, L. Li, H. Wei, and S. Sun. Global trends in surface eddy mixing from satellite altimetry. submitted.

Zhang, R., S. Sun, Z. Chen, H. Yang, and L. Wu. Rapid weakening of the Agulhas Current in a warming climate. submitted.


2023   2022   2021   2020   2018   2017   2016   2013-2015


Zhang, R., S. Sun, Z. Chen, H. Yang, and L. Wu (2023). On the decadal and multi-decadal variability of the Agulhas Current. J. Phys. Oceanogr., accepted. [publisher’s version]

Wang, S., Z. Jing, L. Wu, S. Sun, Q. Peng, H. Wang, Y. Zhang, and J. Shi (2023). Southern Hemisphere eastern boundary upwelling systems emerging as future hotspots of marine heatwaves under greenhouse warming. Nat. Commun., 14, 28. [publisher’s version]


Bonan, D. B., A. F. Thompson, E. R. Newsom, S. Sun, and M. Rugenstein (2022). Transient and equilibrium responses of the Atlantic overturning circulation to warming in coupled climate models: the role of temperature and salinity. J. Clim., 35(15), 5173-5193. [publisher’s version]

Wilson, E. A., A. F. Thompson, A. Stewart, and S. Sun (2022). Bathymetric control of subpolar gyres and the overturning circulation in the Southern Ocean. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 52(2), 205-223. [publisher’s version]

Sun, S., A. F. Thompson, S.-P. Xie, and S.-M. Long (2022). Indo-Pacific warming induced by a weakening of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. J. Clim., 35(2), 815-832. [pdf, publisher’s version, code]


Quan, Q., Z. Liu, S. Sun, Z. Cai, Y. Yang, G. Jin, Z. Li, and X.-S. Liang (2021). Influence of the Kuroshio intrusion on deep flow intraseasonal variability in the northern South China Sea. J. Geophys. Res., e2021JC017429. [Publisher’s Version]

Sun, S. and I. Eisenman (2021). Observed Antarctic sea ice expansion reproduced in a climate model after correcting biases in sea ice drift velocity. Nat. Commun., 12, 1060. [pdf, publisher’s version, a news piece, data, a Eos piece]


Sun, S. and A. F. Thompson (2020). Centennial changes in the Indonesian Throughflow connected to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation: The ocean’s transient conveyor belt. Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, e2020GL090615. [pdf, publisher’s version, Eos Editors’ Highlight, code]

Sun, S., A. F. Thompson, and I. Eisenman (2020). Transient overturning compensation between Atlantic and Indo-Pacific basins. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 50(8), 2151-2172. [pdf, publisher’s version, a blog piece]

Sun, S., I. Eisenman, L. Zanna, and A. Stewart (2020). Surface constraints on the depth of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation: Southern Ocean vs North Atlantic. J. Clim., 33(8), 3125-3149. [pdf, publisher’s version]


Sun, S., I. Eisenman, and A. Stewart (2018). Does Southern Ocean surface forcing shape the global ocean overturning circulation? Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 2413-2423. [pdf, supplement]


Sun, S. and J. Liu (2017). Sensitivity of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current transport to surface buoyancy conditions in the North Atlantic. Ocean Modell., 118, 118–129. [pdf]

Yang, H., L. Wu, S. Sun, and Z. Chen (2017): Role of the South China Sea in Regulating the North Pacific Double-Gyre System. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 47(7), 1617–1635.[pdf]

Yang, H., L. Wu, S. Sun, and Z. Chen (2017): Selective Response of the South China Sea Circulation to Summer Monsoon. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 47(7), 1555–1568. [pdf]


Sun, S., I. Eisenman, and A. Stewart (2016). The influence of Southern Ocean surface buoyancy forcing on glacial-interglacial changes in the global deep ocean stratification. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 8124-8132. [pdf, supplement]


Yang, H., L. Wu, S. Sun, and Z. Chen (2015): Low-frequency variability of monsoon-driven circulation with application to the South China Sea. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 45(6), 1632–1650. [pdf]

Chen, Z., L. Wu, B. Qiu, S. Sun, and F. Jia (2014): Seasonal variation of the South Equatorial Current bifurcation off Madagascar. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 44(2), 618–631. [pdf]

Sun, S., L. Wu, and B. Qiu (2013): Response of the inertial recirculation to intensified stratification in a two-layer quasigeostrophic ocean circulation model. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43(7), 1254–1269 [pdf]

Gray Literature

Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, E., I. Eisenman, S. Zhang, S. Sun, and A. Donohoe (2022), New perspectives on the enigma of expanding Antarctic sea ice, Eos, 103. [link]

S. Sun (2019). Surface constraints on the global ocean overturning circulation: Southern Ocean vs North Atlantic. PhD thesis, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, 216 pages.