Changsheng Chen

Professor & Montgomery Charter Chair

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography




School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 226


1983Ocean University of ChinaM.S. in Meteorology
1989Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyM.S. in Physical Oceanography
1992Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint ProgramPh.D in Physical Oceanography


  • 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.





Structures and dynamics of ocean ecosystems. The dynamics of global to local scale biophysical interaction processes are explored in terms of basic dynamic principles. Existing ecosystem models are used to solve some realistic coastal ecosystem problems. There is a strong emphasis on solving process oriented problems requiring integration of lecture materials. A term paper is required.


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

  • $138,812.00 Projecting Climate-related Shifts in American Lobster Habitat and Connectivity

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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