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Isaac Ginis
Professor of Oceanography
Watkins 316

Educational Background

Ph.D., Geophysics
B.S., Mathematics
Institute of Experimental Meteorology
Kabardino-Balkarian State University

Areas of Specialization


My research interests focus on structure, variability and dynamics of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system from small to large space and time scales. I do mathematical modeling of those physical processes which govern the behavior of the atmosphere and the oceans using theoretical and computer simulation methods. Most recent research areas include tropical cyclone-ocean interactions, modeling of surfaces waves in hurricane conditions and their effects on air-sea interactions, numerical investigation of atmospheric boundary layer in very high winds, tropical cyclone-induced thermocline warming and its regional and global impacts funded by NOAA HFIP and JHT programs, NSF,  ONR, and WeatherPredict. 


OCG 593 - Numerical Methods for Environmental Modeling, HPR 309 - The Communication of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Phenomena (with Judith Swift)


I’ve been one of the lead developers and science advisors of the most comprehensive educational internet resources on hurricanes, Hurricanes: Science and Society (hurricanescience.org). The HSS website provides information on the science of hurricanes, methods of observing hurricanes, modeling and forecasting of hurricanes, how hurricanes impact society, and how people and communities can prepare for and mitigate the impacts of hurricanes. I am involved in the interdisciplinary research project "RI Sea Grant Climate Change Collaborative” linking natural, behavioral, and communication sciences to enhance coastal community well-being in the face of climate change. This project brings together researchers in the physical sciences, behavior sciences, communication arts, and coastal management in Rhode Island, www.RIClimateChange.org guides people through the reality of climate change: the environmental changes we are already seeing, the impacts to our economy and the social fabric of our communities, and actions people can take to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. 


Sergey Frolov
Evan Robertson
Minoru Kadota
Yalin Fan
Richard Yablonsky
Zhitao Yu
Louis Licate
Seunghoun Lee
Melissa Kaufman
Colin Hughes
Kun Gao
Michael Bueti
Brandon Reichl


* indicates students and postdocs as co-authors

Soloviev, A.V., R. Lukas, M. Donelan, B.K. Haus,  and I. Ginis, 2014: The air-sea interface and surface stress under tropical cyclones. Nature Scientific Reports. 4, 5306; DOI:10.1038/ srep05306.

*Bueti, M.R., I. Ginis, L.M. Rothstein and S.M. Griffies, 2014: Tropical cyclone-induced thermocline warming and its regional and global impacts. J. Climate, in press.

*Gao, K. and I. Ginis, 2014: On the generation of roll vortices due to the inflection point instability of the hurricane boundary layer flow. J. Atmos. Sci., in press. 

*Yablonsky, R. M., I. Ginis, B. Thomas, V. Tallapragada, D. Sheinin, and L. Bernardet, 2014: Ocean coupling in NOAA’s Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) Model. J. Atmos. and Oceanic Tech., submitted.

*Reichl, B. G., T. Hara, and I. Ginis, 2014: Sea state dependence of the wind stress over the ocean under hurricane winds. J. Geophys. Res., 119, 30-51. 

Yablonsky, R.M., and I. Ginis, 2013: Impact of a warm ocean eddy's circulation on hurricane-induced sea surface cooling with implications for hurricane intensity. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 997-1021.

Rosenfeld D., Woodley W.L., A. Khain, W.R. Cotton, G. Carrio, I. Ginis, and J.H. Golden, 2012: Aerosol effects on microstructure and intensity of tropical cyclones, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc. 987-1001.

*Gall, J. S., I. Ginis, S.-J. Lin, and T. P. Marchok, 2011: Experimental tropical cyclone prediction using the GFDL 25km resolution   Global Atmospheric Model. Wea. Forecasting, 26, 10.1175/WAF-D-10-05015.1

Fan*, Y., I. Ginis, and T. Hara, 2010: Momentum flux budget across air-sea interface under uniform and tropical cyclones winds. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 2221-2242.

Yablonsky, R. M., and I. Ginis, 2009: Limitation of one-dimensional ocean models for coupled hurricane-ocean model forecasts. Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 4410-4419.

Fan*, Y., I. Ginis, T. Hara, C. W. Wright, and E. Walsh, 2009: Numerical simulations and observations of surface wave fields under an extreme tropical cyclone. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39, 2097-2116.

Fan*, Y., I. Ginis, and T. Hara, 2009: The effect of wind-wave-current interaction on air-sea momentum fluxes and ocean response in tropical cyclones. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39, 1019-1034.

*Moon, I.-J., I. Ginis, and T. Hara, 2008: Impact of reduced drag coefficient on ocean wave modeling under hurricane conditions. Mon. Wea. Rev. 136, 1217-1223.

*Yablonsky, R.M. and I. Ginis, 2008: Improving the initialization of coupled hurricane-ocean models by assimilating mesoscale oceanic features. Mon. Wea. Rev. 136, 2592-2607.

*Moon, I.-J., I. Ginis, and T. Hara, 2007: Physics-based parameterization of air-sea momentum flux at high wind speed and its impact on hurricane intensity prediction. Mon. Wea. Rev. 135, 2869-2878.

Bender, M.A., I. Ginis, R. Tuleya, B. Thomas, T. Marchok, 2007: The operational GFDL Coupled Hurricane-Ocean Prediction System and summary of its performance. Mon. Wea. Rev. 135, 3965-3989.


2013 Ginis, I., and M. Bueti: Cumulative effect of tropical cyclones on ocean heat content and circulation. 4th International Summit on Hurricanes and Climate Change, June 13-18, Kos, Greece.

2012 Ginis, I., T. Hara, B. Thomas, B. Reichl, J. Bao, and C. Fairall: Advanced coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean modeling for improving tropical cyclone prediction models. 30th Conf. on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 15-20 April 2012, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 5D.7.

2011 Ginis I.: Opportunities and challenges in designing next generation tropical cyclone-ocean coupled models, 3rd International Summit on Hurricanes and Climate Change, 27 June – 2 July, Rhodes, Greece. (Invited)

2011 Ginis I. and S. Lee: Tropical cyclone-ocean interaction in oceanic front regions, International Workshop on Tropical Cyclone-Ocean Interaction in the Northwest Pacific, 11-13 May, Jeju, Korea. (Invited)

2010  Ginis I.: Numerical modeling of air-sea interaction in tropical cyclones, 17th Conference on Air Sea Interaction, 26 - 30 September, Annapolis, MD. (Invited)

2010 Ginis, I, Y. Fan, T. Hara, B. Thomas, J. -W. Bao, and L. Bianco: Developing coupled wind-wave-current interaction framework with sea spray effects for hurricanes models. 29th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, 10–14 May 2010, Tucson, AZ.

2010 Ginis I., Y. Fan, T. Hara, B. Thomas: Coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean strategies for tropical cyclone modeling and forecasting. 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, 22-26 February, Portland, Oregon. (Invited)


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