Old Dominion University Dr. John M. Klinck  
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John M. Klinck

Professor of Oceanography

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (1980)
M.S., University of North Carolina (1975)
B.S., Clemson University (1972)

Physical Oceanography
Analytical and numerical modeling of biological and physical processes in the ocean.

Dr. Klinck first came to Old Dominion University as a visiting professor in 1987; he moved to Norfolk permanently as an associate professor in 1989. Before coming to Norfolk, Dr. Klinck spent eight years at Texas A&M University. While there, he progressed through the positions of assistant research scientist, visiting assistant professor, and assistant professor before leaving to join Old Dominion University.

Dr. Klinck holds memberships in the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He frequently reviews manuscript submissions for the Journal of Geophysical Research, the Journal of Physical Oceanography, and Science, and he reviews proposals to NASA, NSF, and NOAA.

Research Interests

Dr. Klinck has considered the dynamics of a variety of oceanographic systems including the continental shelf, fjords, submarine canyons, and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, using both analytical and numerical dynamical models. His analysis of the eddy resolving model for the North Atlantic flow considers the most realistic numerical simulation calculation to date. Many scientists will be analyzing this massive calculation as part of the WOCE experiment. He is also interested in numerical models of bivalves which include environmental variation, as well as predation and disease.

He is currently conducting research on the effects of submarine canyons on coastal circulation. Results show that water can be forced through the canyons by cross-shelf pressure gradients giving rise to shelf-ocean exchanges. Other projects include a study of hydrography and circulation of the Antarctic Peninsula and study of circulation and krill drift in the Scotia Sea.



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