Research: ocean circulation; coastal oceanography; ocean observing and analysis; numerical
modeling; Karenia brevis red tide; Piney Point effluent plume; Deepwater Horizon oil
spill; storm surge; coastal upwelling; Gulf of Mexico Loop Current
Dr. Yonggang Liu currently serves as the Director of the Ocean Circulation Lab at USF College of Marine Science. He is a physical oceanographer, aiming to better understand the ocean circulation on the West Florida Shelf, including the interactions/exchanges of water properties between the estuaries, the shelf, and the offshore (Loop Current) system of the Gulf of Mexico. He uses both in situ observations and numerical models in coastal ocean research, and he is interested in applying physical oceanography to marine environmental issues, such as wastewater plume modeling, oil spill tracking and Karenia brevis red tide predictions. He also develops and applies novel data analysis methods in meteorology and oceanography.