faculty

Avijit Gangopadhyay

Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences

508-910-6330

508-999-8197

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School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 230

Education

1979Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, IndiaB.Tech. Naval Architecture
1981Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, IndiaM.Tech. Applied Mechanics
1990University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RIPh.D. Ocean Engineering

Teaching

Courses

Earth's Climate as a Dynamic System. Topics include: Observation and Analysis Tools; Radiation, Heat and Water budget; Atmospheric Circulation; Atmosphere-Ocean Relationships; Natural and Anthropogenic Drivers of Climate Change; Paleaoclimatic investigations to Future climate projection; Human and Ecosystem Vulnerabilities; Climate Change Mitigation and Energy; Human Needs, Actions and Public Policy; Climate Studies as a Scientific Endeavor in a Changing Society.

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in Marine Science or Technology under a faculty advisor.

Seminar discussions and presentations based on research or detailed literature surveys.

Seminar discussions and presentations based on research or detailed literature surveys.

Research

Research activities

  • Coastal operational ocean modeling (western North Atlantic (MARCOOS), Brazil Current system, Trinidad-North Brazil Current ring region, Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank)
  • Basin-scale circulation modeling to understand the North Atlantic Oscillation and its impact on the Gulf Stream, the Gulf of Maine and the ecosystem
  • Synthesis of multi-scale, multi-disciplinary data sets from satellite and in-situ observations with numerical models in different parts of the world ocean
  • Recent Changes in Shelfbreak Exchange on the New England Shelf: Process-Oriented Observations of Salinity Maximum Intrusions, Funded by NSF (08/2019--07/2022).

Research

Research interests

  • Ocean circulation and numerical modeling
  • Applying mesoscale and finer resolution models for operational synoptic ocean forecasting
  • Understanding the multi-scale response of ecosystems to multi-scale climatic forcing using innovative basin-scale modeling and data-model assimilation and synthesis approaches

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