Avijit Gangopadhyay


SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences




School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 230


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



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

Ocean atmosphere dynamic interaction processes related to short-term and long-term climate variability. 2-layer models and physics of El Nino/southern oscillation, North Atlantic Oscillation and monsoon dynamics are discussed with the perspective of global climate change. During the semester the class will conduct a real-time monitoring experiment of the Pacific/Atlantic Ocean using the Internet. Also presented are advanced assimilation techniques of satellite (GEOSTAT, Topex/Poseidon, SeaWifs, MODAS) and in-situ data from the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) in numerical climate models.

Investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. PhD dissertations are often published in refereed journals or presented at major conferences. A written dissertation must be completed in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School and the School for Marine Science and Technology. Admission to the course is based on successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examination and submission of a formal proposal endorsed by the student's graduate committee and submitted to the SMAST Graduate Program Director.


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 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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