Distinguished Service Professor

Ph.D., 1970, University of Saskatchewan


Coastal ocean and estuarine dynamics

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Research Interests

My research interests focus on the dynamics of coastal fronts, eddies, island wakes and coastal sea straits.

My approach uses a combination of observations and model simulations to describe dynamically fundamental physical processes in shallow seas and estuaries. I am interested in how these processes control and influence the structure and production of the marine food chain from phytoplankton up to and including fish.


Selected Publications

Bowman, M.J., W. Golden, C. M. Hughes, C. Sellers and R Yaro, 2018. The Social Justice Case for a Metropolitan NY-NJ Regional Storm Surge Barrier System. Environmental Law in New York Newsletter, Vol. 29:4, 2018.

Mellor, G., M. J. Bowman, and C. Collins, 2018. Christopher N. K. Mooers (1935–2018), Eos, 99,https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO107059. Publ. 2018-10-03.

Dietrich, D.E., M.J. Bowman, L. Kolankiewicz and B.G. Sanderson. Faster Sea Level rise ahead!. Sustainable EnergyEng., Vol. 5, No. 3, pp.  207-211, 2017.

Colle, B.A., M. J. Bowman, K. J. Roberts, M. H. Bowman, C. N. Flagg, J. Kuang, Y. Weng, E. B. Munsell and F. Zhang, 2015. Exploring the sensitivity of water level predictions for Metropolitan New York during Sandy (2012) using ensemble storm surge predictions. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2015, 3(2), 428-443; doi:10.3390/jmse3020428

Bowman, M.J., Colle, B.A, M.H. Bowman, C.N. Flagg, J. Kuang, K. Roberts, Y. Weng, E. Munsell and F. Zhang, 2014. Superstorm Sandy’s Surge Dynamics: the Resulting Exposure of Metropolitan New York to Catastrophic Flooding. Conference proceedings, Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas, Porto de Galinhaus, Brazil, October 20-23, 2014.

Aerts, J.C.J.H., W.J. W. Botzen, H. de Moel and M.J.Bowman, 2013. Cost Estimates for Flood Resilience and Protection Strategies in New York City. Ann. New York Acad. Sci.:1294, pp. 104.

Bowman, M.J., 2013. Forecasting storm surges for the New York Metropolitan region. In: Impact of Sandy’s Storm Surge on NY/NJ Infrastructure. J.S. Khinda, (ed), Amer. Soc. Civil Eng., pp. 134.

Korotenko, K.A., M.J. Bowman, D. E. Dietrich and M. H. Bowman, 2013. Modeling 3-D Transport and dispersal of oil plume released during BP/Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. J. Sustainable Energy Eng., Vol. 1, No. 1., p.p. 85-104.

Bowman, M.J., and M.H.E. Bowman, 2012. Hydrologic feasibility of storm surge barriers. In: Storm Surge Barriers to Protect New York City: Against the Deluge, D. Hill, M.J. Bowman and J.S. Khinda, (eds), Amer. Soc. Civil Eng., pp. 259.

Bowman, M.J., B. A. Colle and M.H.E. Bowman, 2011. Storm surge modeling for the New York City region). In: Aerts, J., W. Botzen, M. Bowman, P. Ward & P. Diercke (eds). Climate Adaptation and Flood Risks in Coastal Cities. Earthscan Climate, London.

Horton, R., V. Gornitz, and M.J. Bowman, 2010. Climate observations and predictions. In: Climate Change in New York City: Building a Risk Management Response. New York City Panel on Climate Change Report, C. Rosenzweig and W. Solecki, eds. Ann. New York Acad. Sci., No. 1196,  pp. 354.

Dietrich, D.E., and M.J. Bowman, 2010. Observed and modeled interacting jets and eddies in the North Pacific Ocean. CMOS Annual meeting, Ottawa, Ont, Canada (special issue of Ocean-Atmosphere, tribute to Lawrence Mysak).

Korotenko, K. A., M. J Bowman, D.E. Dietrich, 2010. High-resolution numerical model for predicting the transport and dispersal of oil spilled in the Black Sea. Terr., Atmos, and Oceanic Sci., 21: 1, 123-136.

K.A. Korotenko, M.J. Bowman and D.E. Dietrich, 2011. Tracking and Predicting the Gulf Oil Spill Plumes. J. Cosmology, 8: 2023-2025.

Bowman, M.J., 2009. “Hydrologic Feasibility of Storm Surge Barriers”, In: Against the Deluge: Storm Surge Barriers to Protect New York City. Conf. Proc., Amer. Soc. Civil. Eng., and New York Acad. Sciences, pp., 134.

Colle, B.A., Buonaiuto, F., Bowman, M.J., Wilson, R.E., Flood, R., Hunter, R., Mintz, A. and D. Hill, 2008. Simulations of Past Cyclone Events to Explore New York City’s Vulnerability to Coastal Flooding and Storm Surge Model Capabilities. Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., v. 89 no. 6 (June 2008) p. 829 – 41.

Bowman, M.J., D. Hill, F. Buonaiuto, B. Colle, R. Flood, R. Wilson, R. Hunter and J. Wang, 2008. Threats and Responses Associated with Rapid Climate Change in Metropolitan New York. In: Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change, M. MacCracken, F. Moore and J.C. Topping (eds). Earthscan, London, pp. 327.

Dietrich, D.E., Y-H Tseng, R. Medina, M. Liste, M. Olabarrieta, S.A. Piacsek, M. J. Bowman and A. Mehra, 2008. Mediterranean overflow water (MOW) simulation using a coupled multiple-grid Mediterranean Sea/North Atlantic Ocean model. J. Geophy. Res., 113, C07027, doi:10.1029/2006JC003914

Dietrich, D.E., A. Mehra, R.L. Haney, M.J. Bowman, Y-H. Tseng, 2004. Dissipation effects in North Atlantic Ocean modeling, Geophysical Research Letters 31: L05302.

Korotenko, K.A., D.E. Dietrich, and M.J. Bowman, 2003. Modeling circulation and oil spill transport in the Black Sea. Oceanology: 43, 367-378, 135-324.

Stanev, E.V., M.J. Bowman, 2003. E.L. Peneva, and J.V. Staneva. Intermediate water mass formation in the Black Sea: comparisons between numerical simulations, survey and satellite data. J. Mar. Res., 61(1): 59-69.

Stanev, E.V., M.J. Bowman, E.L. Peneva, J.V. Staneva. Control of Black Sea intermediate water mass formation by dynamics and topography: comparisons of numerical simulations, survey and satellite data. J. Mar. Res., in press (2003).

Korotenko, K.A., D.E. Dietrich, M.J. Bowman. Modeling circulation and oil spill transport in the Black Sea. Oceanology, 43: 367-378 (2003). (in Russian).

Staneva, J.V., D.E. Dietrich, E.V. Stanev, M.J. Bowman. Rim Current and coastal eddy mechanisms in an eddy-resolving Black Sea general circulation model. J. Mar. Syst., 31: 137-157 (2001).

Gibbs, M.T., M.J. Bowman, D.E. Dietrich. Maintenance of near-surface stratification in Doubtful Sound, a New Zealand fjord. Est., Coastal and Shelf Sci., 51: 683-704 (2000).

Bowman, M.J., D.E. Dietrich, and P.L. Mladenov. Predictions of circulation and mixing in Doubtful Sound, arising from variations in run-off and discharge from the Manapouri power station. In: Coastal Ocean Prediction. Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Amer. Geophys. Union, pp. 59-76 (1999).

Dietrich, D.E., M.J. Bowman, and C.A. Lin. Numerical studies of small island wakes in the ocean. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 83: 195-231 (1996).

Stansfield, K.L., M.J. Bowman, S.J. Fauria and T.C. Wilson. Water mass and coastal current variability near Barbados, West Indies. J. Geophys. Res. 100: 24,819-24,830 (1995).

Bowman, M.J. ,K.S. Stansfield, S.J. Fauria and T.C. Wilson. Coastal ocean circulation around Barbados, West Indies, Spring 1990 and 1991. J. Geophys. Res., 99: 16,131-16,142 (1994).

Bowman, M.J., D.E. Dietrich, and C.A. Lin. Observations and modeling of mesoscale ocean circulation near a small island. In: “Small Island Oceanography”, G. Maul (ed), American Geophys. Union (1994).

Bowman, M.J., A.W. Visser and W.R. Crawford. The Rose Spit Eddy: evidence for its existence and underlying dynamics. Atmosphere-Ocean 30: 70-93 (1992).

Visser, A.W. and M.J. Bowman. Lagrangian tidal stress and basin-wide residual eddy dynamics in wide coastal sea straits. Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics 59: 113-145 (1991).



Swanson, R.L. and M.J. Bowman, 2016. Between Stony Brook Harbor Tides. SUNY Press, Albany NY, pp. 131, 2016.

Dietrich, D.E., M.J. Bowman, K.A. Korotenko and M. H. E. Bowman, 2014. Oil Spill Risk Management: Modeling Gulf of Mexico Circulation and Dispersion. Scrivener Publishing and John Wiley & Sons, Salem MA and Hoboken NJ , pp. 216.

D. Hill, M.J. Bowman, and J.S. Khinda (eds.). 2012. Storm Surge Barriers to Protect New York City: Against the Deluge, Amer. Soc. Civil Eng., pp. 259.

Aerts, J., W. Botzen, M.J. Bowman, P. Ward & P. Dircke, 2012. Climate Adaptation and Flood Risks in Coastal Cities (eds.).Earthscan, NY, 2012., pp. 330.

Aerts, J., D.C. Major, M.J. Bowman, P. Dierke, M.A. Marfai. 2009. Connecting Delta Cities. VU University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 91.

Bowman, M.J., C.M. Yentsch, and W.T. Peterson (eds). 1986. Tidal Mixing and Plankton Dynamics,  Springer-Verlag,Heidelberg, pp. 502.

Bowman, M.J. and W.E. Esaias (eds.) 1978. Oceanic Fronts in Coastal Processes. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg. pp 114.

Bowman, M.J. and L.D. Wunderlich.  1977.  Hydrographic Properties: MESA New York Bight Atlas Monograph #1,New York Sea Grant Institute, Albany, NY. pp 106.

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