Changsheng Chen


Changsheng Chen, PhD

Commonwealth Professor & Montgomery Charter Chair

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography





School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 226


1992Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint ProgramPhD in Physical Oceanography
1989Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMS in Physical Oceanography
1983Ocean University of ChinaMS in Meteorology


  • MAR650: Marine Ecosystem Dynamics
  • MAR513: Numerical Methods in Ocean Sciences
  • MAR599: Special Topics-Arctic Ocean Dynamics and Its Roles to Climate Change
  • MAR599: Special-Topic: Ocean Circulation Theory
  • MAR599: Special Topic: Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystem.





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


Research activities

  • Multi-scale resolving global-regional-coastal-esturine integrated FVCOM model development
  • Arctic Ocean modeling, the Gulf of Maine/New England ecosystem dynamics
  • Northeast Coastal Ocean Forecast System (NECOFS) development and operations
  • Coastal ocean acidification/ecosystem/water quality
  • FVCOM development and improvement


Research awards

  • $ 571,878 awarded by United States Coast Guard for Development of a Fully Coupled, Nonhydrostatic, Marine Infrastructure-Resolving Atmospheric And Ocean Model System in the Northeast US
  • $ 100,000 awarded by National Science Foundation for LTER: Scales of Variability in Ecosystem Dynamics and Production on the Changing Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES II)
  • $ 100,000 awarded by MA Division of Marine Fisheries for Mass Sewage Treatment Plan Outfall Modeling FY24
  • $ 338,729 awarded by Office of Naval Research for UMassD MUST IV: Development of A Fully Coupled, Nonhydrostatic, Marine Infrastructure-resolving (up to ~ 1 m resolution), Atmospheric and Ocean Model System
  • $ 136,212 awarded by NERACOOS (Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems) for Casco Bay Estuary Partnership BIL Supplementary Funds


Research interests

  • Modeling and observational exploration of coastal ocean circulation
  • Oceanic frontal processes
  • Biological and physical interactions
  • Arctic Ocean and Climate Change
  • Multi-scaling ocean model developments

Select publications

  • Chen, C., G. Gao, Y. Zhang, R. C. Beardsley, Z. Lai, J. Qi, H. Lin (2016).
    Circulation in the Arctic Ocean: Results from a high-resolution coupled ice-sea nested Global-FVCOM and Arctic-FVCOM system
    Progress in Oceanography, 141, 60-80.
  • Zhang, Y., C. Chen, R. C. Beardsley, G. Gao, Z. Lai, B. Curry, C. M. Lee, H. Lin, J. Qi, and Q. Xu (2016).
    Studies of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago water transport and its relationship to basin-local forcings: Results from AO-FVCOM
    Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 121, doi:10.100.
  • Sun, Y., C. Chen, R. C. Beardsley, D. Ullman, B. Butman, H. Lin (2016).
    Surface circulation in Block Island Sound and adjacent coastal and shelf regions
    Progress in Oceanography, 143, 26-45.

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