Dr. Ke Chen

Assistant 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 Dynamics, Shelf-Slope Processes, Coastal and Large-Scale Connections, Physical-Biological/Biogeochemical Interactions, Mesoscale Rings/Eddies, 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 coastal physical oceanographer interested in the coastal ocean dynamics including frontal circulation, cross-shelf exchange, heat balance and linkages between the coastal ocean and large-scale atmospheric and oceanic processes. My work relies on both numerical modeling and in situ and remote sensing observations whenever possible to achieve integrated studies. I believe the integration of observation and modeling would comprehensively advance our understanding of the ocean.

While my focus is on understanding ocean dynamics, recent extreme events in the coastal ocean such as the large-scale warming of the continental shelf of the Northwest Atlantic have made me more aware of the societal impact of improving our understanding of the ocean and atmosphere. I look forward to trying to understand our ocean during a time of rapid change.