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GLAD expedition: Preparing for a CTD cast during sunset in the Gulf of Mexico, from RV Walton Smith.

GLAD expedition: Preparing for a CTD cast during sunset in the Gulf of Mexico, from RV Walton Smith.

Welcome,

I am a post-doctoral researcher in CARTHE. My advisor is Professor Tamay Özgokmen. I am  located at University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in Miami, Florida. I study transport processes in the oceans with a combination of numerical models, field observations and laboratory experiments.

Before coming to Miami, I completed my PhD in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Processes in the ECoMMFIT group at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, in 2011. My topic was the Numerical Simulation of Oil Spills in Coastal Areas.

Previously, I obtained a Master Research in Mechanical Engineering, specialty in Computational Fluid Dynamics, from the Université Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux, France.

Research

The purpose of my research is to predict the fate of oil in the environment to inform the public on safety and to help guiding response teams thereby minimizing damages to human health and the environment.

The prediction of the transport of material in the oceans, over long periods of time, is a very challenging problem in physical oceanography. As a member of CARTHE’s researchers team, I dedicate my time to understand how hydrocarbons released at the bottom of the ocean will rise and mix in the water column, and how ocean currents, winds and waves will transport these pollutants 1000s of kilometers from the source until remote coastlines and other sensitive areas.

My work is multidisciplinary and, very often, part of a bigger team effort.  It involves not only developing and running complex computational models that represent oil and gas flowing within the Gulf of Mexico, but also a lot of field work, going at sea, designing and deploying moorings and drifting instruments to measure the ocean dynamics and validate the predictions of our models.

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