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Voulgaris, George

Professor, Marine Science and Earth and Ocean Sciences

Ph.D., University of Southampton, 1992.

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I study coastal processes and sediment dynamics, from estuaries and beaches to the middle continental shelf, where storm waves affect the bottom sediments. My studies incorporate principles of physical oceanography and fluid dynamics to examine how oceanic forces move and distribute sedimentary particles. From our study site off the coast of Georgia, where the continental shelf is broad, shallow and underlain by permeable sands, we measure the exchange of particulates and solutes between the sea bed and the overlying water. In estuaries, we use acoustic techniques to examine the role of stratification and tidal forcing in sediment and organic carbon transport. My work in involves both state-of-the-art field methods and sophisticated numerical models.

Recent Publications:

Sanger, D.M., E.M. Smith, G. Voulgaris, E.T. Koepfler, S.M. Libes, G.H.M. Riekerk, D.C. Bergquist, D.I. Greenfield, P.A. Wren, C.A. McCoy, R.F. Viso, R.N. Peterson and J.D. Whitaker, 2012. Constrained Enrichment and Hypoxia Formation in Long Bay, South Carolina (USA), an Open Water Urbanized Coastline. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 461: 15–30, doi: 10.3354/meps09796 (In Print)

Warner, J.C., B. Armstrong, C.S. Sylvester, G. Voulgaris, T. Nelson+, W.C. Schwab and J.F.Denny, 2012. Storm-induced inner-continental shelf circulation and sediment transport: Long Bay, South Carolina. Continental Shelf Research, 42: 51-63. (In Print).

Kumar+, N., G. Voulgaris J.C. Warner, M. Olabarietta, 2012. Implementation of the vortex force formalism in the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport (COAWST) modeling system for inner shelf and surf zone applications. Ocean Modeling, 47: 65-95, doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2012.01.003

McCarney-Castle, K., Voulgaris, G., Giosan, L., and Kettner, A.J., 2012.  Simulating fluvial fluxes in the Danube watershed:  The Little Ice Age versus modern day. The Holocene. 22(1) 91-105 (Published Online in 2011, in Paper 2012).  

Shen, W., Gurgel, K-W., Voulgaris, G., Schlick, T., and Stammer, D. (2012) Wind-speed inversion from HF radar first-order backscatter signal.  Ocean Dynamics.  doi:10.1007/s10236-011-0465-9.  (Published Online, 2011)

McCarney-Castle, K., Voulgaris, G., Giosan, L., and Kettner, A.J. (2012) Simulating fluvial fluxes in the Danube watershed: The Little Ice Age versus modern day.  The Holocene 22(1):91-105. (Published Online, 2011)

Baeye, M., Fettweis, M., Voulgaris, G., and van Lancker, V. (2011) Sidement mobility in response to tidal and wind driven flows along the Belgian inner shelf, southern, North Sea.  Ocean Dynamics doi:10.1007/s10236-010-0370-7.

Kumar, N., Voulgaris, G., and Warner, J.C. (2011) Implementation and modification of a three-dimensional radiation stress formulation for surf zone and rip-current applications.  Coastal Engineering  doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2011.06.009.

McCoy, C., Viso, R., Peterson, R., Libes, S., Lewis, B., Ledoux, J., Voulgaris, G., Smith, E., and Sanger, D. (2011) Radon as an indicator of limited cross-shelf mixing of submarine groundwater discharge along an open ocean beach in the South Atlantic Bight during observed hypoxia. Continental Shelf Research, 31(12):1306-1317, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2011.05.009.

Kumar, N., Voulgaris, G., and Warner, J.C. (2011) Measurements and 3-D Modeling of Nearshore Circulation on a South Carolina Beech.  Shore and Beach, 79(2):9-18.

Courses Taught:

MSCI 314: Physical Oceanography

MSCI 557/GEOL 557: Coastal Processes

MSCI 783/GEOL 783: Oceanographic Time-Series Analysis