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Anthony Kirincich

Associate Scientist with Tenure
Physical Oceanography

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2629
Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #21
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

My research focuses on the physical mechanisms of exchange and stirring over the continental shelf.
Understanding the scales of vertical and horizontal mixing that bound the across-shelf movement of water and particles is a fundamental problem in coastal oceanography that has been limited by a lack of detailed observations to both evaluate theory and models and provide guidance for scientific progress. I use in situ and remotely sensed observations to expand our knowledge of turbulent coastal flows and the processes that govern exchange across the shelf.  These processes define the characteristics -- the temperature and salinity, the nutrient and pollutant concentrations, the retention of ocean life -- of the natural system present in the coastal ocean.
Exchange and stirring processes in the coastal ocean are small signals in a noisy, dynamic environment that require sustained observations to unravel.  I develop new tools to measure the coastal ocean and atmosphere and operate long term observatories to provide these measurements for both myself and others. The data I collect is a key component of our collective efforts to monitor the changing coastal zone and evaluate the implications of these changes on ocean ecosystems and ocean users.


Ph.D. 2007, Physical Oceanography, Oregon State University. Advisor: John A. Barth.  Thesis: Inner-shelf Circulation off the Central Oregon Coast

M.S. 2003, Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island.  Advisor: Dave Hebert.  Thesis: The Structure and Variability of a Coastal Density Front

B.E. 1997, Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University