Amit Tandon, PhD


Mechanical Engineering


SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Science & Engineering 208A




Science & Engineering 208A


1992Cornell UniversityPhD in Mechanical Engineering
1990Cornell UniversityMS in Mechanical Engineering
1987Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, IndiaB.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering


Research interests

  • Fluid dynamics and heat transfer of the ocean, and the engineering tools needed to study them
  • Oceanic sub-mesoscale frontal gradients and mesoscale eddies, and their role in setting up the circulation and the air-sea interaction
  • Theory, simulations, and observational analysis of sub-mesoscale features in the ocean

Research activities

  • 2018-2022: Collaborative research: Internal lee-wave dissipation in oceanic flows with mean shear, NSF, $173,686
  • 2017-2021: Understanding the ocean-atmosphere coupling in the Northern Indian Ocean, ONR, $753,841
  • 2016-2019: Competition between mixed-layer instabilities in shallow fronts at subtropical latitudes in the ocean, NSF, $223,297

Select publications

SreeLekha, J., Buckley, J. M., Tandon, A., & Sengupta, D. (2018).
Subseasonal dispersal of freshwater in the northern Bay of Bengal in the 2013 summer monsoon season
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

Karimpour, F., Tandon, A. and Mahadevan, A. (2018).
Sustenance of phytoplankton in the subpolar North Atlantic during winter
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

Sanjiv Ramachandran and Amit Tandon and nine others (2018).
Submesoscale Processes at Shallow Salinity Fronts in the Bay of Bengal: Observations during the Winter Monsoon
Journal of Physical Oceanography, 48, 479-509.

Dr. Tandon uses his knowledge of Fluid Mechanics and Physical Oceanography to address myriad of problems involving mixing processes in the upper ocean. He uses analytical and numerical modeling to address the importance of mixing and mixed layer processes for ocean circulation and climate. He has also supervised graduate students on basic experimental fluid mechanics projects. His research interests span from small- scale turbulence and oceanic mixed- layer processes, to sub-mesoscale frontal gradients and mesoscale eddies, and their role in setting up the large scale balances in the ocean.

His research publications have involved processes in oceanic mixed layers and submesoscale eddies, their role in water mass formation and parameterization of mesoscale processes for their direct impact on problems of climate interest. His peer reviewed publications have appeared in Journal of Physical Oceanography, Ocean Modelling, Science (Online), Deep Sea Research, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physica-D. 

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