- wind-driven coastal upwelling and downwelling
- current instabilities and eddy interactions
- internal tides (three-dimensional motions of the stratified ocean forced by large scale astronomical tides)
- River plumes (in particular, the Columbia River plume)
- Currents along the beaches (forced by energy of breaking waves).
- Satellite altimetry (sea surface height)
- Sea surface temperature from a number of sensors
- Surface currents remotely measured by coastally-based high-frequency radars
- Vertical sections of temperature and salinity from autonomous underwater vehicles (gliders)
- Moored velocities
Our group has utilized comprehensive computer models to understand processes driving ocean dynamics (including material and heat transports) on coastal and regional scales. In particular, our research has been focused on:
We also do research on data assimilation, which is a set of mathematical methods to combine ocean models and available observations, to obtain the improved estimate of the ocean state and forcing. Our efforts in this direction have resulted in development of the real-time coastal ocean forecast model off Oregon (US west coast) that can be utilized for search and rescue, environmental hazard response, navigation, fisheries, etc. Data utilized have included:
Are you looking for a PhD studentship or a post-doctoral position and would be interested to work in our group? Enthusiastic and curious researchers, with demonstrated interest to physical sciences, mathematics, and computer modeling can send their note of interest to kurapov at coas dot oregonstate dot edu
- 02/09/2015: The manuscript on "Circulation in the Eastern Bering Sea: inferences from a 2-kilometer-resolution model" (by Durski, Kurapov, Panteleev, and Zgang) has been accepted for publication in Deep Sea Research II (Click here for pdf or online version).
- 02/09/2015: The manuscript on "Coastal ocean variability in the U.S. Pacific Northwest region: seasonal patterns, winter circulation and the influence of the 2009-2010 El Nino" (by Durski, Kurapov, Allen, Kosro, Egbert, and Shearman) has been submitted for publication in Ocean Dynamic (Click here).