Current lab members, and alumni.



Research areas for group members.



Publications from PONG


What We Do

People in the Physical Oceanography Numerical Group work on problems in the coastal ocean using numerical simulations. Currently, the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) is used for all of the simulations.

What's New

March 13, 2015

A set of standardized colormaps for oceanographic plotting excellence is available.

The colormap package in Python is freely available, and you can find more information about the colormaps here.

January 23, 2015

Wenxia Zhang successfully defended her PhD dissertation last Friday! Congratulations to Dr. Zhang!

October 9, 2014

Harmful algal bloom prediction for the rest of the season.

PONG researchers Drs. Kristen Thyng and Rob Hetland are predicting that there will not be a severe harmful algal bloom caused by Karenia brevis in Texas waters this year. Find more details here.

October 7, 2014

Another new PONG member!

PONG has another new member: Xiaopei Lin is visiting for 6 months from the Ocean University of China.

September 15, 2014

New PONG members!

PONG has welcomed several new members: Hui Wu is visiting for a year from the East China Normal University, and Lixin Qu and Veronica Ruiz Xomchuk are new graduate students.

July 22, 2014

PONG member Wenxia Zhang goes on MCH cruise.

Wenxia worked hard on a recent research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, helping to determine the size of the hypoxia "dead zone." She is quoted in an article discussing her experiences.

June 20, 2014

New surface salinity movies of the Texas-Louisiana shelf are available.

June 10, 2014

TracPy version 1.0 has been released!

TracPy, a Python wrapper of Lagrangian trajectory model TRACMASS, has always been available on GitHub but now has been officially released, complete with a DOI. TracPy has been written primarily by Kristen Thyng.

February 10, 2014

DJ Kobashi has joined PONG!

DJ is working as a postdoctoral research associate with Rob on improving the TXLA and OOF models. See more information about DJ.