Welcome to the Tilburg Research Group!
Oceanography and Numerical Modeling
Our research focuses on the circulation of estuaries and the coastal
ocean. We are particularly interested in the physical factors that
govern the distribution of river plumes, the transport of crab and
fish larvae, and across-shelf transport on the continental shelf.
Our work involves a combination of field observations, remote-sensing
techniques, and numerical modeling.
Physical Oceanography refers to the study
of the structure and dynamics of oceanic circulation and water properties
through the examination of water mass formation, waves, tides, turbulent
mixing, and other physical factors. Research in physical oceanography
can rely on observations, analytical modeling, as well as computer
Remote-sensing refers to the use of satellite-derived
data to estimate oceanic physical and biological properties. Using
a number of different satellites and their output, we are able to
determine ocean properties such as surface color, surface temperature,
and biological productivity, as well as track drifters placed in the
Ocean modeling strives to explain and predict water
transport, temperature and salinity based on established principles
of fluid dynamics. Marine science is an inherently
interdisciplinary field of study and many research programs encompass
aspects of physics, chemistry, biology and geology. Models are useful
tools that help marine scientists integrate these different aspects
and examine our ideas of how a particular system works.
At the University of New England, we have the opportunity to examine
the effects of physical and biological processes on the coastal environment
using a combination of satellites, ship-based instruments, and high-powered
computers. Applying this knowledge, we are able to help solve the
real world problems facing today's coastal water resources.