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Dr. Ke Chen

Associate Scientist
Physical Oceanography Department

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2308
Building: Clark 305A

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #21
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Coastal Ocean and Climate, Shelf-Ocean Exchange, Physical-Biological/Biogeochemical Interactions, Numerical Modeling and Data Assimilation


Ph.D., Physical Oceanography. 2011. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

M.S., Physical Oceanography. 2007. Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China.

B.S., Oceanography. 2004. Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China.

Research Statement

I am a physical oceanographer interested in the coastal ocean dynamics including frontal circulation, shelf-ocean exchanges, interdisciplinary processes, heat balance and linkages between the coastal ocean and the global climate system. My work relies on both numerical modeling and in situ and remote sensing observations whenever possible to achieve integrated results. I believe the integration of observation and modeling would comprehensively advance our understanding of the ocean.

While I aim to understand ocean dynamics, recent extreme events in the coastal ocean such as the large-scale warming of the continental shelf in the Northwest Atlantic have motivated me to relate my work to societal impacts and to understand how coastal ocean changes are connected to global changes in the ocean and atmosphere. I look forward to trying to understand our ocean during a time of rapid change.