Information about Jinyu Sheng

Jinyu Sheng - Teaching and Mentorship

Classes Taught

I currently hold the junior NSERC/MARTEC/MSC Industrial Research Chair in "Regional Ocean Modelling and Prediction". I have major research responsibilities in terms of developing numerical modelling systems to investigate the evolution and predictability of the atmosphere/ocean/ice system. The following are the courses I have taught at Dalhousie University.

(a) OCEA4220/5220: Numerical Modelling of Atmospheres and Oceans

Course Description: This class is designed to give the student an in-depth knowledge of numerical modelling techniques for simulation of atmospheric and ocean circulations. Topics include finite difference, finite element and spectral methods for solving partial differential equations; accuracy and stability analysis of numerical schemes; a brief introduction to data assimilation and ensemble prediction methods; and boundary treatment for ocean models.

(b) OCEA5222: Estuary, Coast and Shelf Dynamics (with Dr. Bowen)

Course Description: This class is designed to assist graduate students (a) to understand important physical processes operative in the coastal ocean and on the continental shelf, (b) and to master appropriate skills to conduct independent research of the marine environment. This class takes the analytical approach to describe coastal-trapped waves with wavelengths much greater than the water depth, tidal circulation and tidal mixing regions, and three-dimensional circulation over the coastal and shelf regions. Topics discussed also include estuary circulation, buoyancy-driven circulation, coastal upwelling, and instability of coastal currents.

Training of highly qualified personnel

I have supervised and co-supervised four research associates and two research assistants since January, 1999.

(a) Dr. Yuri Geshelin was hired initially by Dr. Greatbatch as a Research Associate in September 1998. He worked later with me and Dr. Greatbatch on the construction of a new temperature and salinity climatology (Geshelin, Sheng and Greatbatch, 1999). Since September 1999 he has been working at BIO with Dr. John Loder.

(b) Dr. Liang Wang was hired as a Research Associate from September 1999 to August 2000 to work on the numerical study of passive tracers in the northwest Atlantic. He worked very closely with myself and Dr. Dan Wright of BIO on implementing a flux-limiter scheme in CANDIE to eliminate numerical noise associated with the advection terms (Sheng et al., in prep.). Dr. Wang will come to work with me on September 15, 2001 to develop a high-resolution model for Lunenburg Bay.

(c) Dr. Sheng Zhang was hired by Dr. Greatbatch and myself as a Research Associate to work on sea ice modelling as part of the NSERC/MARTEC/MSC Industrial Research Chair program. He has developed a coupled ocean/ice model for the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

(d) Dr. Liqun Tang was hired in April 2001 as a Research Associate to work on ocean circulation modelling for the Caribbean Sea, a collaborative research project with Dr. Sale of University of Windsor and Drs. Ruddick and Hatcher of Dalhousie University.

(e) Hualin Wong was hired as a Research Assistant from August 2000 to April, 2001 to work on the research project of passive tracers in the northwest Atlantic. She also designed an informative website for CANDIE (

(f) Mike Casey was recruited by Dr. Greatbatch and myself as the computer support person for the chair program. Mike is responsible for our SGI computers and provides general computer support to our group.

Supervision of graduate students

(a) I am currently supervising Jun Zhao (M.Sc student). I shall also co-supervise Xiaoming Zhai (M.Sc student) with Dr. Greatbatch. Mr. Zhai will come in January, 2002.

(b) I am advisory committee member for Jian Lu (Ph.D Candidate in Atmospheric Science) and Josee Michaud (Ph.D candidate in Biological Oceanography).

(c) I was an external examiner for the Ph.D. thesis for Daniel Bourgault, McGill University.

(d) I was also an external examiner for the Ph.D. thesis proposal for Xiaodong Zhang and Wenbo Song of this department.

This page last updated November 2, 2001.

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