Weifeng (Gordon) Zhang
Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering
My research interests are twofold: 1) the interaction of physical and biophysical processes in coastal oceans, and 2) the integration of two main research approaches in oceanography: modeling and observation. Numerical modeling is my main approach to study coastal ocean physics and biology. At the same time, I also use large amount of observational data to improve numerical models (so-called data assimilation) and use models to guide observations.
My PhD research focused on the spreading pattern of the Hudson River plume in the New York Bight area and the physics and time scales associated with the spreading. Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) was the tool I used. In the same region, I also conducted the 4DVAR assimilation of observational data from a variety of observing platforms and explored the use of model to improve the design of observing system.
As a postdoc scholar at WHOI, I am currently working with Dennis McGillicuddy and Glen Gawarkiewicz on the biomass enhancement at the shelf break off the US northeast coast. Modeling is my main method to study the mechanism behind the frequently observed biomass enhancement. Meanwhile, I am also aiming at applying data assimilation and observing system design in the shelf break area given the incoming construction of a large observational network in this area -- the Pioneer Array project.
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