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Dr. Kyeong Park

Senior Marine Scientist, DISL
Professor, University of South Alabama
Ph.D., 1993, College of William and Mary


Numnerical modeling of physical transport processes and water quality conditions in estuarine and coastal systems...

Research Interests
My research interests lie in the processes related to the fate of contaminants, mostly land-derived, in tidal rivers, estuaries, and coastal systems. All dissolved and passive particulate contaminants, once introduced into an aquatic system, are affected by water movement (physical transport) and material-specific biogeochemical processes. I am interested in studying physical transport processes and their effects on water quality and living resources, using field observations, theoretical analyses, and numerical models. Specific topics I have been studying include pollutant dispersion, residual circulation, salt transport, turbulent mixing, sediment transport, etc. I am also interested in numerical modeling of the processes related to water quality and living resources, including eutrophication, hypoxia/anoxia, larval transport, etc. I have involved in interdisciplinary projects that considered interactions between pollutant loading from watershed, physical transport, and biogeochemical processes in affecting and determining spatial and temporal patterns in pollutant distributions. The ultimate goal of my research is, through the collaborative studies with researchers from various disciplines, to develop predictive models for water quality and living resources as research and management tools.

Recent Publications (since 2003) (Name indicates author was a student or a post-doc at the time of research)

Lin, J., H.V. Wang, J.-H. Oh, K. Park, S.-C. Kim, J. Shen, and A.Y. Kuo (2003) A new approach to model sediment resuspension in tidal estuaries. J. Coast. Res., 19(1), 76-88.

Park, K., H.-S. Jung, H.-S. Kim, and S.-M. Ahn (2005) Three-dimensional hydrodynamic-eutrophication model (HEM-3D): application to Kwang-Yang Bay, Korea. Mar. Environ. Res., 60(2), 171-193.

Kuo, A.Y., K. Park, S.-C. Kim, and J. Lin (2005) A tidal prism water quality model for small coastal basins. Coast. Manage., 33(1), 101-117.

Park, K., C.-K. Kim, and W.W. Schroeder (2007) Temporal variability in summertime bottom hypoxia in shallow areas of Mobile Bay, Alabama. Estuaries Coasts, 30(1), 54-65.

Park, K., J.F. Valentine, S. Sklenar, K.R. Weis, and M.R. Dardeau (2007) The effects of Hurricane Ivan in the inner part of Mobile Bay, Alabama. J. Coast. Res., 23(5), 1332-1336.

Park, K., H.V. Wang, S.-C. Kim, and J.-H. Oh (2008) A model study of the estuarine turbidity maximum along the main channel of the upper Chesapeake Bay. Estuaries Coasts, 31(1), 115-133.

Johnson, M.W., S.P. Powers, J. Senne, and K. Park (2009) Assessing in situ tolerances of Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) under moderate hypoxic regimes: Implications for restoration. J. Shellfish Res., 28(2), 185-192.

Dzwonkowski, B. and K. Park (2010) Influence of wind stress and discharge on the mean and seasonal currents on the Alabama shelf of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. J. Geophys. Res., 115, C12052, doi:10.1029/2010JC006449.

Kim, C.-K., K. Park, S.P. Powers, W.M. Graham, and K.M. Bayha (2010) Oyster larval transport in coastal Alabama: dominance of physical transport over biological behavior in a shallow estuary. J. Geophys. Res., 115, C10019, doi:10.1029/2010JC006115.

Ha, H.K., J.P.-Y. Maa, K. Park, and Y.H. Kim (2011) Estimation of high-resolution sediment concentration profiles in bottom boundary layer using pulse-coherent acoustic Doppler current profilers. Mar. Geol., 279(1-4), 199-209, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2010.11.002.

Dzwonkowski, B., K. Park, H.K. Ha, W.M. Graham, F.J. Hernandez, and S.P. Powers (2011) Hydrographic variability on a coastal shelf directly influenced by estuarine outflow. Cont. Shelf Res., 31(9), 939-950, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2011.03.001.

Dzwonkowski, B., K. Park, and L. Jiang (2011) Subtidal across-shelf velocity structure and surface transport effectiveness on the Alabama shelf of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. J. Geophys. Res., 116, C10012, doi:10.1029/2011JC007188.

Carassou, L., B. Dzwonkowski, F.J. Hernandez, S.P. Powers, K. Park, W.M Graham, and J. Mareska (2011) Environmental influences on juvenile fish abundances in a river-dominated coastal system. Mar. Coast. Fish., 3(1), 411-427, doi:10.1080/19425120.2011.642492.

Jo, H.R., H.J. Lee, and K. Park (2011) Role of winter waves in sand transport at the mouth of Garolim Bay, west coast of Korea. Geosci. J., 15(4), 379-386, doi:10.1007/s12303-011-0038-4.

Dzwonkowski, B. and K. Park (2012) Subtidal circulation on the Alabama shelf during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. J. Geophys. Res., 117, C03027, doi:10.1029/2011JC007664.

Ha, H.K. and K. Park (2012) High-resolution comparison of sediment dynamics under different forcing conditions in the bottom boundary layer of a shallow, micro-tidal estuary. J. Geophys. Res., 117, C06020, doi:10.1029/2012JC007878.

Kim, C.-K. and K. Park (2012) A modeling study of water and salt exchange for a micro-tidal, stratified northern Gulf of Mexico estuary. J. Mar. Syst., 96-97, 103-115, doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2012.02.008.

Lee, J., B.M. Webb, B. Dzwonkowski, K. Park, and A. Valle-Levinson (2013) Bathymetric influences on tidal currents at the entrance to a highly stratified, shallow estuary. Cont. Shelf Res., 58, 1-11, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.03.002.

Kim, C.-K., K. Park, and S.P. Powers (2013) Establishing restoration strategy of eastern oyster via a coupled biophysical transport model. Restor. Ecol. 21(3), 353-362, doi:10.1111/j.1526-100X.2012.00897.x.

Jeong, Y.H., J.S. Yang, and K. Park (accepted) Changes in water quality after the construction of an estuary dam: the Geum River Estuary Dam System in Korea. J. Coast. Res.

Park, K., J. Shen, and A.Y. Kuo (accepted) Discussion of “Adaptive Time Stepping-Operator Splitting Strategy to Couple Implicit Numerical Hydrodynamic and Water Quality Codes” by Gaurav Savant and R.C. Berger. J. Environ. Eng.

Selected Current Research Grants

National Science Foundation EPSCoR RII Track-2 Program, “Research and education cyberinfrastructure investments to develop the coastal hazards collaboratory in the northern Gulf coast” (EPS-1010607)

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, “A circulation and transport model for fishery management in Mobile Bay and eastern Mississippi Sound”

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Rapid Response, “Investigation of the three dimensional Eulerian flow field and resulting Lagrangian transport pathways on the Alabama shelf”



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Myunghee "Max" Han (Ph.D.)

Ho Kyung Ha




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