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Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., 1975, University of Miami

Coastal ocean dynamics




Research Interests

My research is focused on model and analysis of physical processes in estuaries and over continental shelves and slopes. My students and I have conducted extensive data-assimilation model studies of the coastal circulation in the Santa Barbara Channel and Santa Maria Basin (SBC/SMB), as part of a major collaborative research with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Princeton University. We investigated how the coastal surface flow patterns vary with seasons and between years (including the 1997-1998 El Nino). We also constructed a detailed flow statistics for oil spill risk analysis and search and rescue mission. Currently, we are working mostly on the east and Gulf coasts. We study the Mid-Atlantic Bight shelf/slope circulation and the Gulf Stream warm-core rings using a unique dataset of >10 year, bi-weekly ADCP survey between New York and Bermuda onboard a commercial cargo ship, the Oleander. We also try to quantify the estuarine plume behavior using full-year CODAR observations at the mouth of the Long Island/Block Island Sound. I am also working closely with many international partners, including the National Center for Ocean Research in Taiwan, and IMEDA in Spain.


Paris, C, M. Le Hénaff, Z. Aman, A. Subramaniam, J. Helgers, D-P. Wang, V. H. Kourafalou, and A. Srinivasan, 2012. Evolution of the Macondo Well Blowout: Simulating the Effects of the Circulation and Synthetic Dispersants on the Subsea Oil Transport. Environmental Sci. & Tech., doi: 10.1021/es303197h.

Wang, D.-P. 2012. Diurnal modulation of semidiurnal internal tides in Luzon Strait. Ocean Modell.,

Jordi, A. and D. Wang, 2012. sbPOM: A parallel implementation of Princeton Ocean Model. Environmental Modeling & Software, 38, 59-61.

Fu, K-H., Y-H. Wang, L. St. Laurent, H. Simmons and D-P. Wang. 2012. Shoaling of large-amplitude nonlinear internal waves at Dongsha Atoll in the northern South China Sea. Cont. Shelf Res., 37, 1-7, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2012.01.010.

Lee, I.-H., Y.-H. Wang, Y. Yang, and D.-P. Wang, 2012. Temporal variability of internal tides in the northeast South China Sea, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2011JC007518.

Jordi, A., G. Basterretxea, and D. Wang, 2011. Local versus remote wind effects on the coastal circulation of a microtidal bay in the Mediterranean Sea. J. Mar. System, 88, 312-322.

Wang, D.-P. , and A. Jordi, 2011. Surface frontogenesis and thermohaline intrusions in shelfbreak front. Ocean Modelling, 38,161-170.

Xu, F., D.-P. Wang and N. Reimer, 2010. An idealized study of flocculation effects on sediment trapping in an Estuarine Turbidity Maximum over tidal cycles. Cont. Shelf Res., 30, 1314-1323.

Wang, D.-P. , C.N. Flagg, K. Donohue, and H.T. Rossby, 2010: Wavenumber Spectrum in the Gulf Stream from Shipboard ADCP Observations and Comparison with Altimetry Measurements. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 840-844.

Jordi, A., G. Basterretxea, and D. Wang, 2009. Evidence of sediment resuspension by island trapped waves, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L18610, doi:10.1029/2009GL040055.

Wei, J., and D.-P. Wang, 2009. A three-dimensional model study of warm core ring with continental shelf and slope. Cont. Shelf Res., 29, 1635-1642.

Jordi, A. and D.-P. Wang, 2009. Mean dynamic topography and eddy kinetic energy in the Mediterranean Sea: comparison between altimetry and a 1/16 degree ocean circulation model. Ocean Modeling, 29, 137-146.

Wei, J., D.-P. Wang, and C.N. Flagg, 2008. Mapping Gulf Stream warm core rings from shipboard ADCP transects of the Oleander Project. J. Geophys. Res., 113, C10021, doi:10.1029/2007JC004694.

Xu, F., D.-P. Wang and N. Reimer, 2008. Modeling of flocculation processes of fine-grained particles using a size-resolving method: comparison with published laboratory experiments. Cont. Shelf Res., 28, 2668-2677.

Jordi, A. and D.-P. Wang, 2008. Near-inertial motions in and around the Palamós submarine canyon (NW Mediterranean). Cont. Shelf Res., 28, 2523-2534.

Wang, D.-P. and L.-Y. Oey, 2008. Hindcast of waves and currents in Hurricane Katrina. Bull. Am. Meteor. Soc., 89, 487-495.
Mau, J-C., D-P. Wang, D.S. Ullman and D.L. Codiga, 2008. Model of the Long Island Sound outflow: Comparison with year-long HF radar and Doppler current observations. Cont. Shelf Res., 28, 1791-1799.

Wong, G. T.F., T-L Ku, M. Mulholland, C-M. Tseng and D-P. Wang, 2007. The SouthEast Asian Time-series Study (SEATS) and the biogeochemistry of the South China Sea—An overview. Deep Sea Res. II, 54, 1434-1447.

Mau, J-C., D.-P. Wang, D.S. Ullman and D.L. Codiga, 2007. Characterizing Long Island Sound outflows from HF radar using self-organizing maps. Estuarine, Coastal, Shelf Sci., 74, 155-165.

Mau, J-C., D.-P. Wang, D.S. Ullman and D.L. Codiga, 2007. Comparison of observed (HF radar, ADCP) and model barotropic tidal currents in the New York Bight and Block Island Sound. Estuarine, Coastal, Shelf Sci., 72, 129-137.

Lin, X-H., L-Y. Oey and D.-P. Wang. 2007. Altimetry and drifter data assimilation of Loop Current and eddies. J. Geophys. Res., 112, C05046, doi:10.1029/2006JC003779.

Oey, L.-Y., T. Ezer, D.-P. Wang, X.-Q. Yin and S.-J. Fan, 2007. Hurricane induced motions and interactions with ocean currents. Cont. Shelf Res., 27, 1249-1263.

Oey, L.-Y., T. Ezer, D.-P. Wang, S.-J. Fan, and X.-Q. Yin, 2006. Loop current warming by hurricane Wilma. Geophys. Res. Letter, 33, doi:10.1029/2006GL025873.

Wang, D.-P., 2006. Tidally induced internal waves in partially mixed estuaries. Cont. Shelf Res., 26, 1469-1480.

Flagg, C.N., M. Dunn, D.-P. Wang, H.T. Rossby, and R.L. Benway, 2006. A study of the current of the outer shelf and upper slope from a decade of shipboard ADCP observations in the Middle Atlantic Bight. J. Geophys. Res.,111,doi:10.1029/2005JC003116.

Wang, D.-P., and Ohashi, K., 2006. Impact of open ocean influence on coastal ocean model: The 1997-1998 El Nino off central California. J. Geophys. Res., 111, doi:10.1029/2005JC003217.

Wang, Y-H., I-H. Lee, and D.-P. Wang, 2005. Typhoon induced extreme coastal surges: A case study at northeast Taiwan in 1994. J. Coastal Res., 21, 548-552.

Ohashi, K. and D.-P. Wang, 2004. Circulation in the Santa Maria Basin, California, during 1998. J. Geophys. Res., J. Geophys. Res., 109, doi:10.1029/2004JC002362.

Oey, L-Y., E. Dever, C. Winant, W.R. Johnson and D.-P. Wang, 2004. A data-assimilated model of the near-surface circulation of the Santa Barbara Channel: Comparison with observations and dynamical interpretation. J.Phys. Oceanogr., 34, 23-43.

Wang, Y-H., L-Y. Chao, K. Lwiza and D.-P. Wang, 2004. Analysis of flow at the gate of Tawain Strait. J. Geophys. Res., 109, doi:10.1029/2003JC001937.

Sen, J., Y-H. Wang, D.-P. Wang, and S-Y. Chao, 2004. Incremental inference of boundary forcing for a three-dimensional tidal model: Tides in the Taiwan Strait. Cont. Shelf Res., 24(3), 337-351.

Sen, J., Y-H. Wang, D.-P. Wang, and S-Y. Chao, 2004. Incremental inference of boundary forcing for a three-dimensional tidal model: Tides in the Taiwan Strait. Cont. Shelf Res., 24(3), 337-351.

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