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Contact Information:

    Mark FRUMAN
    Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt
    Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main
    Altenhöferallee 1
    60438 Frankfurt/Main

    Telephone: +49 (0)69 798 40238
          Fax: +49 (0)69 798 40262



In 2005, I completed my Ph.D. degree in atmospheric physics at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor T. G. Shepherd. Here is a picture of our research group in Toronto as of November of 2001.

My thesis was on Equatorial Symmetric Stability. The main result is a derivation of conditions for the stability of east-west flows in the equatorial atmosphere. Click on the title to see/download a .pdf version.

Below are some slideshows from talks and a poster about my work. The Brewer Seminar is the weekly Friday lunchtime seminar in the Atmospheric Physics group at the University of Toronto, and "Group Meeting" refers to a talk given to our research group. Please understand that some of the below are rough and not designed to stand without further explanation.

  • Slides from 2000 Brewer Seminar
  • Poster (and here) from 13th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (June, 2001)
  • Talk given in the applied mathematics department at the University of Alberta in Edmonton (August, 2001)
  • Talk (without images - sorry) from GCC Workshop 2001
  • Slides from 2002 Brewer Seminar
  • Abstract and slides from contributed presentation at the joint CAIMS/SIAM annual meeting in Montreal (June, 2003)
  • Group Meeting from November, 2003
  • Slides from 2004 Brewer Seminar
  • Group Meeting from July, 2004
  • Talk from GCC Workshop 2004
  • Group Meeting from December, 2004
  • Slides from 2005 Brewer Seminar

    Subsequently, I was a postdoc at IFREMER near Brest, France.

  • Slides from talks at Université de Bretagne Occidentale and from a group discussion at IFREMER (October, 2005).
  • Slides from a short talk on Yanai wave instability at LMD in Paris (November, 2006).
  • Slides from talks at the 16th AMS Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics in Santa Fe, New Mexico (June, 2007) and at IUGG in Perugia, Italy (July, 2007).
  • Slides from a talk at the IMAGE Workshop on Turbulent Theory and Modeling (February, 2008).
  • Slides from a talk on oceanic jets at IFREMER (March, 2008).

    As of July 2008, I am working at the Goethe University-Frankfurt. Here is my page at the Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt, including a list of publications.

  • Slides from a talk at IAU on oceanic jets.
  • Poster on breaking gravity waves presented at 17th AMS Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics in Stowe, Vermont (June, 2009)


    Being a graduate student afforded me the opportunity to travel to interesting places to learn interesting things and meet interesting people.

  • In August, 1999, I attended the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences Summer School in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I forgot to bring my camera, so I don't have any pictures of that trip, but

  • in September of 2000, I participated in the 10th annual Summer School in Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge in England. Here and here are some pictures from that trip, and

  • in June of 2001, I attended the 13th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics in picturesque Breckenridge, Colorado, USA. I presented a poster about my work (what do you mean you can't read it? Try this, but it's got a few typos and things).

  • In September of 2001, I attended the Summer School on the Physics of the Equatorial Atmosphere at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. Here are some photos from my trip to Italy.

  • In June of 2003, I attended the joint CAIMS/SIAM annual meeting in Montreal. I don't have any pictures, but here is the abstract and here are the slides from a 12-minute contributed presentation on Taylor-Couette instability that I gave on the first day of the conference.

  • In August of 2003, I attended the Summer School on Global Chemistry and Climate of the Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere in Montreal.

  • Another GCC summer school, this time on Process Studies of Atmospheric Dynamics and Chemistry by Comparison of Models and Measurements in Banff, AB. Here are some photos.

  • Other travel pictures.

    ballet tree

    Prine show


    From 2002-2004, I worked as the tutor for PHY351S - "Classical Mechanics". In Spring 2004, I was also the tutor for PHY460S - "Nonlinear Physics".

    In 2000-2001, I worked as a tutor for PHY138 "Physics for the Life Sciences". If you were in my group (WB3, Wednesdays 1pm), click here for information, announcements, and some other things.

    If you were in one of my first year undergraduate physics lab groups in a previous year and feel nostalgic, click here for information, announcements, and some other things. I might even have one of your uncollected assignments.


    Despite a singular dedication to my work (stop laughing), I try to make time for other pursuits. I like drawing (like the figure skating tree on the right), playing association football ('soccer) and ball hockey, and writing amateurish computer games. I'm teaching myself to play the classical guitar. Here are some novels I've enjoyed.

    You know what else is fun? Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey. A private league with a live draft is the format of choice if you can manage it.

    During the NHL Playoffs, I run a PLAYOFFS PICK'EM competition, and also one during the 2006 World Cup. Strictly for fun of course.

    Level IV Fawlty Towers Trivia

    1. What was the surname of the family that cancelled its reservation on Gourmet Night?
    Basil:What!? All four?
    Sybil:Marvellous, isn't it.
    Basil:Aagh! What did they say?
    Sybil:One of them's ill.
    Basil:Well, let's hope it's nothing trivial.
    2. According to Mrs. Hamilton, which is Harold Robbins' best novel?
    Sybil:But seriously though, his men are all so interesting. Ruthless and sexy and ... powerful.
    Basil:Who's this, then, dear? Proust? E. M. Forster?
    Sybil:Harold Robbins.
    Basil:Oh, of course, yes. My wife likes Harold Robbins. After a hard day's slaving under the hair-dryer she needs to unwind with a few aimless thrills.
    Basil:Have you ever read any? It really is the most awful American ... well, not America, but trans-Atlantic tripe. A sort of pornographic muzak. Still, it keeps my wife off the streets.
    Mr. Hamilton:We both like him.
    3. In what English city was the house that Mrs. Richards was trying to sell?
    Mrs. Richards:Hallo!! There's nobody there.
    Basil:Hallo ... yes, yes, I know she is. Yes ... It's your sister.
    Mrs. Richards:Hallo. Hallo. We've been cut off.
    Basil:Hallo ... look, you tell me, and I'll tell her.
    Mrs. Richards:Even the phones don't work.
    Basil:Your sister says you've had an offer of eighty-seven thousand pounds for your house in ____.
    Mrs. Richards:Eighty-seven? Give it to me. Don't be a fool, Stephanie. Ninety two seven fifty I said and I'm not taking a penny less, you tell him that. Why don't people listen?

    Some more Links

    Friends and Family

    David Sankey's David Sankey page. James Anstey is the scum of the earth and also a student in our group. Dig his site for some skanky funk, groovy jazz, and whatever else he's put up there since I last looked. But it's very difficult to read, James.
    Stephen Griffiths knows all about inertial instability and other stuff, I'm sure. He's now at the University of Leeds. The rest of Ted Shepherd's research group.
    Back by popular demand, my brother Andrew's page (link disabled). World renowned statistician and all-around bon vivant Jeff Rosenthal's page.

    Atmosphere and Ocean Science

  • The Weather Underground:
  • The weather in Canada (in Toronto) right now. Also, Canadian Climate Data
  • The Atmospheric Physics at U of T home page.
  • A weather tutorial from the University of Illinois.
  • The Modelling of Global Chemistry in Climate project home page.
  • Stephen Griffiths' A to Z of atmospheric science.
  • Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • GLobal Ocean Data Analysis Project (GLODAP) home page.
  • Alistair Fraser's Bad Science page.


  • Information Commons at the University of Toronto (I can't believe the URL is what it is, but it is).
  • My DOS games page.
  • GNU Project General Public License homepage.
  • David Harrison's GNU/Linux tutorial.
  • DJGPP C/C++ development system for DOS.
  • Google Groups archive of Usenet newsgroup discussions; first place to go with computing problems (search first before posting).
  • The Comprehensive TeX Archive Network. Also, the MiKTeX Project home page (LaTeX for Windows), and LaTeX2HTML (typesetting for webpages).
  • HTML Colour Codes and Special Character Codes.
  • Tucows shareware resource.
  • The XMAME arcade game emulator for X-windows, or MAME for other OS's. If you own an arcade game machine, then you are entitled to download the emulator for that game from (viewer discretion advised) . For research, check out the Killer List of Video Games or MAWS.
  • Shockwave online games at
  • A vi editor tutorial (by JFD), and another one (by Marian Delp).
  • Microsoft Excel function language translations (who knew?) by Dolf Trieschnig.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Online resource index, discussion forum, etc.
  • Matlab FAQ.


  • Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto.
  • Department of Statistics at U of T.
  • The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (on the campus of U of T).
  • Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics - a general mathematics reference source from Wolfram Research, the makers of Mathematica software.
  • Planet Math, mathematics information sharing community.
  • The Springer Encyclopaedia of Mathematics.
  • The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.
  • Jeff Miller's Earliest Known Uses of Mathematical Terms. Did you know that the word sine comes from the Latin word for bay or harbour? If that doesn't make sense, it is because it comes from a mistranslation from Arabic. Read about it here.
  • Mathematical Programming Glossary (mainly terms related to optimization problems, but has other stuff)
  • Cut-the-Knot Glossary - a glossary of mathematics terms. Browse around the rest of the site for some interesting interactive articles.
  • Math Online Lab dictionary - another mathematics glossary.
  • Mathematical Quotations Server at Furman University.
  • Maths Online suite of online calculating tools.

    Scientific Reference Sources
    (not all of these will work from off-campus)

  • INSPEC Database Search.
  • Another recommended scientific journal article search engine: Researchindex.
  • Another one, with citation index too: Web of Science
    (and list of journal title abbreviations).
  • A meta- search engine that queries multiple search engines Online JOurnal Search Engine.
  • Scirus.
  • Google Scholar.
  • Let's put this here until I figure out what it does:


  • University of Toronto Libraries
  • Toronto Public Libraries and the Virtual Reference Library.
  • Project Gutenberg - full texts of public domain literature.
      Search in Text:  


  • and, and my reading lists.
  • SparkNotes and other amusing diversions.
  • Guardian Unlimited Books, including Top 10 Lists with some good reading suggestions.
  • Petri Liukkonen's Books and Writers.

    Writing and Language

  • Guide to Grammar and Writing (from the Capital Community College Foundation Hartford, Connecticut).
  • Oxford English Dictionary (on Campus only).
  • The Webster's Online Dictionary project.
  • The Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • The alt.usage.English FAQ.
  • For origins of English idioms, phrases and sayings, try The Phrase Finder.
  • A site about the subjuctive mood in English. See also this edition of The Maven's World of the Day.
  • An article about the use of It is me instead of It is I.
  • Do ostriches bury their heads in the sand, or bury their head in the sand (or neither)?
  • The (Simplified) Spelling Society.
  • University of Colorado at Boulder style guide, including proofreading symbols.
  • More proofreading symbols from Merriam-Webster and abbreviations.
  • The Community.
  • Omniglot - a guide to writing systems.
  • English, French, Spanish, Italian and translating dictionaries at
  • The Cambridge-Klett French-English online dictionary. Search it or another Cambridge dictionary here:
    French <=> English
    English Idioms
    English Phrasal Verbs

    Note: do not type accented characters, search will include all accented and unaccented permutations
  • Automatic translation from Google or from Babelfish.
  • Learn to pronounce French and much more about several languages at
  • An interesting article about the origins of English and another about the origins of French at
  • How to write a letter in French.
  • Conjugate French and English verbs at verb2verbe.
  • Conjuguez les verbes au Conjugueur.
  • Logos Universal Conjugator.
  • Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales by CNRS.
  • Le Trésor de la Langue Française Informatisé.
  • Language metadictionaries at Lexilogos. Par exemple: francais.
  • Hebrew-English dictionary by morfix.
  • Yiddish Dictionary Online.
  • Leo German-English, German-Spanish and German-French dictionary.
  • German language resource.
  • Langenscheidt online Worterbucher bei
  • French encyclopedia including language, quotation and idiom dictionaries at
  • Jennifer's Language Page of basic words in hundreds of languages.
  • Virtual keyboard for composing Japanese text in HTML.
  • Kanji Land and the Kanji of the Week at
  • Japanese Kanji flashcards review program.
  • Learn Korean with
  • The Enigma Machine word puzzle. Swap pairs of letters to decode a different sentence every day.
  • Michael Quinion's World Wide Words. Read a random article, or consult his long list of Word site links.
  • An article about the surname Smith in different languages.

  • A.Word.A.Day and the thought-of-the-day from Anu Garg at Today's selections:


  • My Cowboy Junkies page.
  • Sheet music for hundreds of songs.
  • Chords for John Prine songs.
  • KGSR Radio, Austin, Texas. Or try KGSR Radio.
  • My customized Yahoo! LAUNCH internet radio station.
  • A list of recommended albums.
  • The All Music Guide.
  • The On-Line Guitar Archive tabulation cooperation.
  • More guitar tabs at 911Tabs.
  • Find out fingerings for guitar chords at
  • Guitar Downunder (where you can get the score/tabs for, among other things, Waltzing Matilda).
  • Eythor Thorlaksson's Guitar School online, with many many pieces of sheet music to download.
  • Glenn Weisner's Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar.
  • Jean-François Delcamp's classical guitar site.
  • Dirk's Guitar Page has many pieces for classical guitar.
  • Steve's Music Stores.
  • Play with the Infinite Wheel.

    Film, Television, and Radio

  • The All Movie Guide.
  • Rotten Tomatoes movie reviews:
  • The Movie Review Query Engine:
    - SEARCH M.R.Q.E. -
  • France movie and television info at Comme au Cinema ou bien at
  • New York Times movie section.
  • Greg's Previews.
  • The Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Toronto movie listings at Eye Magazine.
  • Brest movie listings at
  • Frankfurt movie listings at Kino Journal.
  • Television listings from
  • Television listings for Brest from le journal Ouest France.
  • French television listings at Programme
  • Nostalgia Central.
  • Jump the Shark.
  • The Muppet Show.
  • Soup2Nuts home page, the Home Movies Super Site and Eric D. Snider's Dr. Katz site.
  • Conan O'Brien guest list on CNBC Europe.
  • TV Tome guides to television series, such as Gilmore girls.
  • Tetesaclaques Quebecois weirdness.
  • American Public Broadcasting Service, including American Experience, NOVA, Frontline, and Austin City Limits.
  • American National Public Radio.
  • FM radio stations in Brest.
  • KGSR Radio, Austin, Texas.


  • The Athletics Centre at U of T, and Hart House.
  • The Toronto Recreational Sports League
  • Classement et Calendrier dans la championnat nocturne (foot) de la FSGT, Brest.
  • The Toronto Lynx professional soccer club.
  • L'équipe Stade Brestois 29.
  • The official FIFA World Cup homepage (scoreboard).
  • My 2006 World Cup prediction contest.
  • The linear Unofficial Football World Championship.
  • ASAP Sports Transcripts: transcripts of interviews at major sporting events. Read stuff like Mark Philippoussis talking movies before the 2003 Wimbledon final.
  • The National Hockey League, with official scoreboard and live radio feed.
  • Sortable hockey stats leaders by position- all skaters, defense, goalies.
  • European hockey leagues: Russian League (boxscores), Czech Extra League, Swedish Elite League, German Elite League, Swiss Ice Hockey.
  • Find out what Robert Petrovicky is up to, or search for your favourite player in the Internet Hockey Database:
    - IHDB SEARCH - Player Name:
  • The York Central Ball Hockey League home page.
  • Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey. If you can arrange one, a private league with a draft and trades is the format of choice.
  • Stupid NHL PLAYOFFS PICK'EM home page.
  • ATP (live scores) tennis tour home page for current info and comprehensive match records. Same for women's tennis at the WTA home page (live scores). Search for your favourite player, or see how two players have fared against one another:
    - ATP PLAYER SEARCH - Player Name:
    - HEAD TO HEAD - vs.
    - WTA HEAD TO HEAD - vs.
    More ATP records back to 1978 at Petr Plasil's site. Also, Steve G.'s site. Grand slam tennis homepages at Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open, and the Masters Series.

  • PGA of America Tour homepage (current live leaderboard). See how your favourite player is doing:
    - PGA TOUR SEARCH - Player Name:
    Here are the leaders at the moment:

    Also, European PGA Tour, Official World Golf Ranking, LPGA, and The Golf Channel.
  • The Seoul Sisters home page. Check out the article about the Se Re Pak video game.

  • The Billiard Congress of America and the World Snooker Association.
  • World Squash Federation and United States Squash.
  • Boxing discussion at Eastside Boxing. Search the comprehensive results archive at BoxRec:
    - BOXREC SEARCH - Last Name: First Name:


  • University of Toronto Health Services.
  • Ontario Ministry of Health (including OHIP information).
  • Toronto University Health Network.
  • All About Heart Disease.
  • WebMD.
  • Mood Disorders Association of Ontario.
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.


  • Some of my recipes.
  • The TV Food Network Canada and American version.
  • International recipes from Down Under.
  • Recipes and food info at Korean Kitchen.
  • ... Not to be confused with My Korean Kitchen.
  • Cooking Korean Food with Maangchi. Includes video demonstrations.
  • Glossary of Korean food words.
  • Korean food in New York City.
  • Home page for Yoon's Culinary Academy in Seoul.
  • Turkish recipes at Binnur's Turkish Cookbook.
  • Recipe archive at Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science.
  • The Recipes Folder at
  • Not to be confused with
  • Amit's Grad School Recipes (featuring canned tuna).
  • The Delicious Life food blog.

    Art and Architecture

  • My art gallery, featuring Nutrition in Action, Great Moments in Science and Technology and Grandmasters of the Animal Kingdom.
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).
  • National Gallery (London, UK), Musée du Louvre (Paris), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam).
  • Heather Wong's gallery (looking closely at tomatoes, and much more).
  • Great Buildings Online.
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Falling Water.
  • The Moshe Safdie hypermedia archive (McGill University).
  • See full colour photographs taken in 1909 by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii at The Empire That Was Russia.
  • Interactive Panorama photography.

    History and Geography

  • A map of the University of Toronto.
  • Interactive map of Toronto with aerial photography.
  • Map of Brest, France (enter brest for "Ville" and/or 29200 for "Code postal").
  • A view of Brest Metropole Oceane from above.
  • Another map and view of Brest here.
  • Maps of France.
  • View of the Earth from above.
  • Yahoo! Maps (Canada).
  • Google Maps. Find your location and click "Satellite". Outrageous!
  • Nationmaster Encyclopedia.
  • Spartacus Educational. See the excellent hypertext Encyclopaedia of the First World War.
  • Museum of Tolerance Online Multimedia Learning Center (history of the Holocaust) by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    Home Improvement

  • Expert Village tips and video lessons.
  • IKEA (Canada), and Germany.
  • Bauhaus (Wenn's gut werden muss).


  • The International Guild of Professional Butlers.
  • Cavalcade of Wisdom.
  • This is outrageous!

    Well, that's all there is for now. Take care and come back soon.

    Last updated June 30th, 2009