Changsheng Chen

Professor & Montgomery Charter Chair

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography




SMAST EAST (836 South Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford) 226


1983 Ocean University of China M.S. in Meteorology
1989 Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.S. in Physical Oceanography
1992 Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program Ph.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.

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

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

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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