Ayumi’s research program aims to improve predictability of hazardous weather, ice, and lake/ocean events in cold regions in order to support preparedness and resilience in coastal communities. The main question her research group aims to address is: what are the impacts of interactions between ice and oceans / ice and lakes on larger scale phenomena, such as severe winter weather, storm surges, and sea/lake ice melting? The research group primarily use numerical geophysical modeling to address research questions; and scientific findings from research feed back into the models and improve their predictability. Aymi’s work has focused on applications to the Great Lakes, Arctic Ocean, the Alaskan coastal region, and the Sea of Okhotsk.
Jia’s research focuses on coupled ice-ocean modeling from coastal to basin scales in the Arctic and the Great Lakes, polar and subpolar (including the Great Lakes) climate change, ocean dynamics, and numerical modeling of coupled biological-physical system. Jia has developed a coupled ice-ocean model (CIOM) based on POM in the Arctic and Bering seas, which has also been applied to the Great Lakes, and further to the Great Lakes Coastal Forecast System (GLCFS) for 5-day ice forecasts. He also conducted research on the relationship between Arctic and Great Lakes ice and the atmospheric teleconnection patterns.
Philip is the branch chief of the Integrated Physical and Ecological Modeling and Forecasting (IPEMF) branch at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor Michigan. He also serves as NOAA/NESDIS CoastWatch manager in the Great Lakes region. His research interests include operational coastal forecasting systems, hydrodynamic modeling, satellite remote sensing, data assimilation and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Philip received both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. He also received an MBA degree from Tulane University. Prior to joining NOAA, he was an oceanographer conducting research on coupled ocean models at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory at NASA Stennis Space Center. Philip holds a patent for inventing an automated method for predicting tidal heights and currents in coastal and estuarine zones. He is also a licensed professional engineer in State of Ohio and adjunct faculty member of six universities.