Ocean Physics

James J. Bisagni


Amit Tandon

The world's oceans play a critical role in modulating both weather and climate. This role is especially evident to people living along coastal regions. Ocean coastal dynamics, along with its role in controlling climate variability and change, is important to the ocean's physical, chemical, biological, and geological response, all of which are areas of active and exciting research.

Current research projects in Ocean Physics cover many different physical scales from micrometers to thousands of kilometers, using many different techniques. Dr. Bisagni uses satellite-derived data to study a variety of interesting physical and physical-biological interactions concerning the relationship between ocean circulation and plankton, Dr. Gangopadhyay uses numerical ocean models to study many different aspects of shallow, coastal and open ocean circulation, and Dr. Tandon uses analytical and numerical methods to study upper ocean conditions and circulation.

Current research efforts are supported by grants from prestigious federal agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Current research areas include: feature oriented regional modeling systems, multivariate synthesis of biophysical data sets in different world oceans, biophysical modeling in the northern Humboldt Current, basin-scale simulations of the North Atlantic using parallel computational architecture, upper-ocean mixing in the North Atlantic and Southern Ocean, interaction of mesoscale eddies with mixed layers, ageostrophic circulation near fronts in the upper ocean, and experimental fluid physics. Research groups include both graduate and undergraduate students, along with postdoctoral research associates.

Opportunities include undergraduate and graduate student research assistantships and summer internships along with tuition waivers. Research is carried out at both the UMass Dartmouth main campus located in North Dartmouth, MA and the UMass Dartmouth Marine Campus located on Clark Cove in southern New Bedford, MA. Research is conducted in collaboration with a variety of both national and international researchers located at other federal laboratories and major universities.

More information is available from individual faculty Web pages:

Dr. Bisagni: http://www.smast.umassd.edu/lab_bisagni/

Dr. Gangopadhyay: http://www.smast.umassd.edu/modeling/

Dr. Tandon: Dr. Tandon is an Associate Editor of the international scientific journal, Limnology, published by Springer-Verlag in association with the Japanese Society of Limnology.