Alumni Memorial Term Distinguished Associate Professor (2007
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
School of Marine Science
Department of Physical Sciences
P.O. Box 1346 (mailing)
Rt. 1208 (shipping)
Gloucester Point, VA 23062
Full Curriculum Vita
updated February, 2008 in PDF format.
publications, updated October, 2006 in PDF format.
Applications invited from students interested in studying sediment dispersal in
coastal environments. Multi-year funding available for M.S. or Ph.D. level
student. Potential research topics include analysis of sediment redistribution
offshore of rivers in New Zealand,
in the Chesapeake Bay, and the impacts of resuspension
on hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. The research
will involve analysis of field data, numerical models of sediment transport,
written and oral communication skills, and possibly field work. This
graduate research opportunity is available within the Department of Physical Sciences at the
Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
For more details, contact Dr. Courtney K. Harris (email@example.com), and
review the information
for prospective students at VIMS.
Shoreline progradation in Poverty Bay,
We are studying sediment redistribution within Poverty Bay,
New Zealand, offshore of the
River. Funded by the NSF Margins Source to Sink
Program, this study has involved field observations of sediment flux and
seabed properties. Work within my group
includes developing a three-dimensional numerical model of hydrodynamics and
sediment transport for Poverty
Bay, and linking our
high-resolution simulations to models of stratigraphic
Funded by the NSF
Co-OP CBED program, MUDBED (MUltidisciplinary Benthic Exchange Dynamics) is examining
how interactions between biological and physical processes impact fine-grained
sediment resuspension. My part in the effort involves developing a
three-dimensional sediment transport model for the field site, the York River estuary. Planned improvements to the
three-dimensional model include better treatment of bed consolidation and
Funded by the NOAA, the Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Research Program
(NGOMEX) study is examining how physical, geochemical, and sedimentological
processes impact hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. My part in the effort involves developing a
three-dimensional sediment transport model for the Texas
coast and interfacing the sediment calculations with a biogeochemical model.
Funded by the Office of Naval Research, the EuroSTRATAFORM
program hopes to improve our ability to relate water column transport processes
to the resulting morphology of the seabed. Work at VIMS included implementation
of a sediment transport routine within ROMS, a three-dimensional hydrodynamic
model. ROMS has been used at VIMS to
evaluate which processes lead to sediment dispersal and deposition within the Adriatic Sea.
New York Bight
Funded by the US Geological Survey's Pollution Program; this project has worked
to quantify sediment transport and flow patterns in the New York Bight offshore
of New York and New Jersey. Especially interesting are sedimentation and
flow patterns in the vicinity of the Hudson
the drowned axis of the paleo-Hudson River.
The field observations and modeling program have led to publications that
- Bradford Butman, P.S.
Alexander, Courtney K. Harris, Peter A. Traykovski, Marilyn B. ten Brink,
Frances S. Lightsom, and Marinna A. Martini,
2003. Oceanographic Observations in the Hudson Shelf
1999 - April 2000: Data Report .U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report
02-217, DVD-ROM. Request DVD-ROM by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or view
contents on the internet version: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2002/of02-217/.
- Harris, C.K., B. Butman, and P.
Traykovski. 2003. Wintertime circulation and sediment
transport in the Hudson
Continental Shelf Research. 23(8): 801--820. Request
reprint by email: email@example.com, or view on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0278-4343(03)00025-6
- Harris, C.K. and R.P.
Signell. 1999. Sediment transport in the vicinity of the Hudson shelf valley. In press: the 6th
International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling; ASCE; New Orleans, LA,
November, 1999. Request reprint by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Sediment Transport Project
Announcing the second workshop for the NOPP Community Sediment Transport
Modeling Project; to be held in Williamsburg,
Virginia Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2002.
For details see http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/project-pages/sediment-transport/second_workshop.htm#text
Two Dimensional Sediment
related to my work:
(Regional Ocean Modeling System) Web-site.
ECOM (Rich Signell's page about ECOM: a 3-D coastal Circulation
model developed by HydroQual).
Julie Pullen's website.
NODC (Access to Buoy Data).
SWAN (Simulating WAves Nearshore: wave
generation and propogation model from Delft).
My favorite beach scene.
- Harris, C.K., P.
Traykovski, and W.R. Geyer.
2005. Flood dispersal and
deposition by near-bed gravitational sediment flows and oceanographic
transport: A numerical modeling
study of the Eel River shelf, northern California. Journal of Geophysical Research.
110(C09025): d0i: 10.1029 / 2004JC002727.
- Harris, C.K., P.
Traykovski, and W.R. Geyer. 2004. Including a near-bed turbid layer in a
three dimensional sediment transport model with application to the Eel River
shelf, northern California.
Estuarine and Coastal Modeling; Proceedings of the Eighth International
Conference. M.L. Spaulding, et al.
(editors), American Society of Civil Engineers. 784—803.
of Numerical Computing
- Class Web-site,
Fall Semester, 2003; Email email@example.com if you are interested in updated copies of the notes.
- Class Web-site,
Spring Semester, 2003; Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in updated copies of the notes.
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Last modified: February, 2008.
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