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Christopher Kincaid

Professor of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Research interests are divided between the dynamics of Earth's interior and problems in coastal physical oceanography. We use 3D laboratory and numerical models to study circulation and thermal-chemical transport within Earth's mantle. Recent projects focus on the interaction between buoyant mantle plumes and plate subduction processes.

We also use a combination of spatially and temporally detailed observational techniques, along with numerical modeling tools to study circulation and related physical-chemical-biological processes in estuarine systems like Narragansett Bay. Recent projects include developing coupled ecosystem models for Narragansett Bay , exploring the relationship between poor flushing within urban estuaries and chronic water quality problems and studying the June 13, 2013 meteotsunami that hit Rhode Island.


  • –present
    Professor of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island