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Physical-Biogeochemical Ocean Observation & Modeling


Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor


Research overview

Dr. Jiang is a physical oceanographer specializing in coupled physical-biogeochemical-ecological modeling. His research interests include estuarine and coastal dynamics, iron and carbon cycles in shelf and open oceans, water quality and ecosystem dynamics in coastal and shelf regions, and coastal inundation. Dr. Jiang has been developing numerical models for various marine systems from coastal to open oceans including Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, Indian River Lagoon, south Florida Shelf and Florida Straits, and Southern Ocean. These models provide powerful tools for studying fundamental marine processes such as river plumes, meso-scale eddies, nutrient fluxes and harmful algal blooms, iron and carbon cycling, and coastal flooding. Understanding of these processes is critical to addressing a number of pressing issues for coastal and ocean environments including land-ocean interactions, human activities and eutrophication, carbon cycle and ocean acidification, and the impacts of sea level rise. This knowledge will further assist in the management decisions in marine ecosystem protection, habitat restoration, and conservation efforts. Dr. Jiang's recent efforts focus on 1) hydrodynamics, water quality and harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Estuary and the adjacent area, 2) shelf circulation, meso-scale dynamics and carbon cycle on the southwest Florida shelf and Florida Straits, and 3) iron transport and carbon cycle in the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, Scotia Sea, and Weddell Sea region of the Southern Ocean. 


Recent projects

Water quality impacts of St. Lucie river plume on northern end of the Florida Reef Tract, Mingshun Jiang (PI) and Brian Lapointe, NOAA CRCP program, 7/1/2015-12/31/2016, $59,556.

An Initiative to Design and Demonstrate a Prototype Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture System for Sustainable Land-Based Aquaculture, Paul Wills (PI), Mingshun Jiang, and Anni Vuorenkoski-Dalgleish, SLP Aquaculture License Plate, 7/1/2015-6/30/2016, $100K. 

IRL ventilation rate of Indian River Lagoon, Florida, Laurent Cherubin (PI), Mingshun Jiang, Fraser Dalgleish, Anni Dalgleish, and Bing Ouyang, State of Florida Save of Our Sea License Plate, 10/1/2015-7/30/2016, $100K. 

Connectivity of the Pulley Ridge - South Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem: AUV/ROV Complementary, Fraser Dalgleish (PI) and Mingshun Jiang (co-PI), NOAA/CIOERT, 7/1/2014-6/30/2016, $250K. 

Boston Harbor-Mass Bay: Laboratory for Urban and Coastal Environmental Science (LUCES), PIs: William Robinson et al., Mingshun Jiang (senior scientist), UMass President S&T fund, 7/01/2013-6/30/2014, $120K

Development of a coupled physical-biological model and investigation of the inter-annual and long-term changes of plankton abundances in the Gulf of Maine, Healey Endowment Grant, Mingshun Jiang (PI), Zhongping Lee, Meng Zhou, 07/01/2012-06/30/2013, $12K

Collaborative data mining research center (DMRC) on cyber-enabled discovery and innovation, University of Massachusetts President’s Science and Technology Fund 2012, PIs: Dan Simovici (PI), Wei Ding, Melissa Morabito, Meng Zhou, Mingshun Jiang, 8/01/2011-7/31/2012, $125K

Collaborative Research: Modeling and synthesis study of a natural iron fertilization site in the Southern Drake Passage. Meng Zhou (PI), Mingshun Jiang (co-PI), NSF, 8/01/2010-7/31/2013, $176,459

Iron Sources and Transport in the Southern Drake Passage, Mingshun Jiang (PI), Matt Charette, Chris Measures, Meng Zhou, NOAA/GCC, 8/1/2009-7/31/2013, $270,814