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Tobias Kukulka

Assistant Professor

  • 211 Robinson Hall
  • 1-302-831-2848

Education

Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 2006.
M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Oregon Health & Science University, 2002.
Vordiplom, Physics,Freie Universität Berlin, 1998.


Research Interests

Air-sea interactions, physical oceanography, upper ocean dynamics, surface waves, large eddy simulations, ocean modeling, high performance computing.


Projects

Turbulence under tropical cyclones (NSF 2011-2015)
Effect of wind-driven mixing on plastic marine debris (NOAA 2012-2014)
Lagrangian investigation of upper ocean turbulence (NSF 2014-2019)
Hydrodynamic modeling system for the Delaware coastal environment


Graduate Students

Kelsey Brunner
Robert Jenkins
Dong Wang


Former Students

Tyler Rabe (MS 2013)


Teaching

MAST691: Fluid Dynamics in Marine Systems
MAST661: Introduction to Ocean Modeling [pdf]

 

Publications

Rabe, T., Kukulka, T., I. Ginis, T. Hara, B. Reichl, E. D’Asaro, R. Harcourt, P. P. Sullivan, Langmuir turbulence under Hurricane Gustav, submitted to J. Phys. Oceanogr. [pdf]

Kukulka, T., A.J. Plueddemann, P. P. Sullivan, Inhibited upper ocean restratification in nonequilibrium swell conditions, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50708, 2013. [pdf]

Moftakhari, H. R., D. Jay, S. Talke, T. Kukulka, P. Bromirski, A novel approach to flow estimation in tidal rivers, Water Resour. Res., 49, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20363, 2013.

Kukulka, T., A.J. Plueddemann, P. P. Sullivan, Nonlocal transport due to Langmuir circulation in a coastal ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C12007, doi:10.1029/2012JC008340, 2012. [pdf]

Kukulka, T., G. Proskurowski, S. Morét-Ferguson, D. Meyer, K. L. Law, The effect of wind mixing on the vertical distribution of buoyant plastic debris, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L07601, doi:10.1029/2012GL051116, 2012. [pdf]

Kukulka, T., A.J. Plueddemann, J.H. Trowbridge, P.P. Sullivan, The influence of crosswind tidal currents on Langmuir circulation in a shallow ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 116, C08005, doi:10.1029/2011JC006971, 2011. [pdf]

Kukulka, T., A.J. Plueddemann, J.H. Trowbridge, P.P. Sullivan, Rapid mixed layer deepening by the combination of Langmuir and shear instabilities- a case study, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40(11), 2381-2400, 2010. [pdf]

Kukulka, T., T. Hara, L. Wu, Computations of wind wave coupling, Ann. of Diff. Eqs., 26(3), 322-331, 2010.

Kukulka, T., A.J. Plueddemann, J.H. Trowbridge, P.P. Sullivan, Significance of Langmuir circulations in upper ocean mixing: A comparison between observations and large eddy simulations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L10603, doi:10.1029/2009GL03762, 2009. [pdf]

Gerbi, G.P., J.H. Trowbridge, E.A. Terray, A.J. Plueddemann, T. Kukulka, Observations of turbulence in the ocean surface boundary layer: Energetics and Transport, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39(5), 1077–1096, 2009.

Kukulka, T., T. Hara, The effect of breaking waves on a coupled model of wind and ocean surface waves: I. Mature seas, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 38(10), 2145–2163, 2008.

Kukulka, T., T. Hara, The effect of breaking waves on a coupled model of wind and ocean surface waves: II. Growing seas, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 38(10), 2164–2184, 2008.

Kukulka, T., T. Hara, S. E. Belcher, A model of the air-sea momentum flux and breaking wave distribution for strongly forced wind-waves, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 37(7), 1811–1828, 2007.

Kukulka, T., T. Hara, Momentum flux budget analysis of wind-driven air-water interfaces, J. Geophys. Res., 110(C12020), 10.1029/2004JC002844, 2005.

Kukulka, T., D. A. Jay, Impacts of Columbia River discharge on water surface elevation and salmonid habitat II. Changes in shallow-water habitat, J. Geophys. Res., 108(C9), 10.1029/2003JC001829, 2003.

Kukulka, T., D. A. Jay, Impacts of Columbia River discharge on water surface elevation and salmonid habitat I. A non-stationary fluvial tide model, J. Geophys. Res., 108(C9), 10.1029/2002JC001382, 2003.

Jay, D. A., T. Kukulka, Revising the paradigm of tidal analysis- the use of non-stationary data, Ocean Dynamics, 53(3), 110–125, 2003.
 

ResearchInterest:

• Environmental Fluid Dynamics• Physical Oceanography• Geophysics• Air-Sea Interactions

 

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