SOED Open Course Held: Seamless Modeling from Creek to Ocean on Unstructured Grids


December 4h, SOED Open Course Seamless Modeling from Creek to Ocean on Unstructured Grids was held. The Course was taught by Professor Y. Joseph Zhang, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and has attracted over 70 young scientists and students from Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Third Institute of Oceanography, SOA, Zhejiang University, Xiamen University, Nanjing University, Tongji University, China Ocean University, Hohai University, East China Normal University, etc.


    Dr. Joseph Zhang is the lead developer of the next-generation, open-source, coupled geophysical fluid dynamics-biogeochemistry model on unstructured grids (SCHISM; He serves as an advisor to multiple government agencies (NOAA/NTHMP, California Department of Water Resource, Texas Water Development Board, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany), Central Weather Bureau (Taiwan)). In 2014, he was awarded a selective fellowship by Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Foundation (Germany) in recognition of his outstanding collaborative work with German scientists.


    Dr. Joseph Zhang’s course explains the basic formulations used in the cross-scale SCHISM model, including the recent new developments. Hands-on tutorials will be conducted to familiarize the trainees with the basic tools useful for the modeling system. Although no formal pre-requisites are expected, trainees with prior UG model experience may find it easier to learn. Upon completion the trainees will have acquired basic knowledge on workflow in typical SCHISM simulations and be able to conduct simulations for cross-scale baroclinic processes as found in geophysical fluid dynamics (GFD).


    SOED is creating a unique marine science and technology platform with distinctive international influence. To showcase the lab, SOED has set up a series of “Ocean-Star Open Courses,” which are open to Ph. D. candidates and young researchers nationwide by inviting internationally renowned scientists to teach. In 2017, four short courses will be offered in spring and summer, namely, Satellite Oceanography, Cycles in the Earth System, Introduction to Optical Oceanography and Ocean Color Remote Sensing, Innovation in Science and Technology: Understanding American Culture and Politics, and Chemical Oceanography. Two courses have been held in Fall. Detailed information is available at the official website of SOED (