Ocean Circulation Lab
USF College of Marine Science

Yonggang Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor

Director, Ocean Circulation Lab
College of Marine Science
University of South Florida

830 First Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 553-3508
Email: yliu@usf.edu

Dr. Yonggang Liu currently serves as the Director of the Ocean Circulation Lab at USF College of Marine Science. He is a physical oceanographer, aiming to better understand the ocean circulation on the West Florida Shelf, including the interactions/exchanges of water properties between the estuaries, the shelf, and the offshore (Loop Current) system of the Gulf of Mexico. He uses both in situ observations and numerical models in coastal ocean research, and he is interested in applying physical oceanography to marine environmental issues, such as wastewater plume modeling, oil spill tracking and Karenia brevis red tide predictions. He also develops and applies novel data analysis methods in meteorology and oceanography. Dr. Liu serves as an Associate Editor for AMS Journal Artificial Intelligence for the Earth Systems, and a Guest Editor for Elsevier Journal Deep-Sea Research II. He previously served as an Oversight Editor of AGU Geophysical Monograph Series and was on AGU Book Board Committee. He is presently on SECOORA Science Committee and SECOORA SOCAN Stakeholder Committee.

We seek motivated postdocs to join us & work on the exciting projects. Interested candidates must apply online through the USF Careers website. A direct link to the job posting can be found here. New!

Red tide research:

Numerical modeling:

Data analysis methods & applications:

  • Dual Self-Organizing Map analysis & joint SOM-wavelet analysis (Dual-SOM)
  • A skill score for trajectory model evaluation using drifter data
  • Rectified wavelet power spectrum analysis
  • Self-Organizing Map (SOM): evaluation & applications

Continental shelf circulation and dynamics:

Gulf of Mexico Loop Current products (updated daily):

Last updated on 4/22/2022

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