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A. Kirwan

Professor Emeritus


A.B., Princeton University, 1956
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1964

Research Interests

I am interested in using Lagrangian analysis methods to understand the role that mesoscale and sub-mesoscale processes play in ocean transport and mixing.  I apply these methods to both observations and forecast models of ocean flows.

Current Research Projects

I am a co-investigator on two large, multi-institutional projects:


The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) is a team led by the University of Miami and comprised of over forty scientific researchers, postdocs, students and administrative staff from fourteen universities and research institutions. We are funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to develop a comprehensive suite of atmosphere and ocean models to predict how petroleum and related contaminants move through the environment.

Our group contributes to this effort by applying Lagrangian analysis tools to both observations and models in an effort to improve our understanding of ocean transport processes, particularly at small scales.

More information: CARTHE website

Ocean 3D+1

Ocean 3D+1 focuses on the development and application of dynamical systems techniques for use in understanding and predicting ocean motions that are three-dimensional (3D) in space and that vary in time (plus 1). The project is funded by a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), administered by the Office of Naval Research.  The Ocean 3D plus 1 team consists of 14 investigators from 8 universities and research institutions, with Dr. Larry Pratt of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as principal investigator.

More information: Ocean 3D+1 website


• Environmental Fluid Dynamics• Ocean Observation• Physical Oceanography


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Earth Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

Providing a unique spatial perspective that seeks to explain patterns of differences and commonality across the human and natural environment.

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