Wendell Brown

Wendell Brown


SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences




School for Marine Science & Technology East, New Bedford 229


1965Brown UniversityB.S.
1967Brown UniversityM.S.
1971Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyPh.D




Research activities

  • The response of the Gulf of Maine and adjacent coastal ocean to winter storm meteorological and tidal forcing
  • Evolution and dynamics of the winter mixed layer
  • Formation of Maine Intermediate Water in Wilkinson and Jordan Basins
  • Dynamics of the exchange mechanisms that link the coast with the deeper adjacent ocean
  • Investigating the kinematics and dynamics of transient tidal eddy-like structures east of Cape Cod with a variety of observations


Research awards

  • $ 1,336,152 awarded by Office of Naval Research for UMassD MUST III: Sub-Mesoscale and Mesoscale Interactions STudy (SubMIST)
  • $ 116,821 awarded by University of Delaware | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for MARACOOS (Mid-Atlantic IOOS): Powering Understanding and Prediction of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, Coast, and Estuaries


Research interests

  • Storm-forced and internal wave dynamics in the Gulf of Maine and southern New England Bight
  • Estuarine circulation
  • Design and construction of coastal ocean observing systems

Select publications

  • Brown, W.S., and G. M. Marques (2012).
    Transient tidal eddy motion in the western Gulf of Maine, part 1: Primary structure
    Cont. Shelf Res
  • Marques, G., and W.S. Brown (2012).
    Tidal eddy motions in the western Gulf of Maine, part 2: Secondary flow
    Cont. Shelf Res.
  • Brown, W.S. (2011).
    Winter variability in the western Gulf of Maine, Part 1: Internal tides
    Dynam. Atmos. Oceans, 42, 224-249.

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