Robert Hetland

Robert D. Hetland


ORCID: 0000-0001-9531-2119
ResearchID: E-2614-2012
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Department of Oceanography
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3146
Phone: (979) 458-0096

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  1. Marta-Almeida, M., R. D. Hetland, and X. Zhang (2013) Evaluation of model nesting performance on the Texas-Louisiana continental shelf, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20163.
  2. Marta-Almeida, M., M. Ruiz-Villarreal, J. Pereira, P. Otero, M. Cirano, X. Zhang, R. D. Hetland (2013) Efficient tools for marine operational forecast and oil spill tracking, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Available online 30 April 2013, ISSN 0025-326X, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.03.022.
  3. Laurent, A., K. Fennel, J. Hu, and R. D. Hetland (2012) Simulating the effects of phosphorus limitation in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River plumes, Biogeosciences, 9, 4707-4723, doi:10.5194/bg-9-4707-2012
  4. Zhang, Z. and R. D. Hetland (2012) A Numerical study of convergence of alongshore flows over the Texas-Louisiana Shelf, J. Geophys. Res., 117:C11010, doi:10.1029/2012JC008145.
  5. Zhang, X, R. D. Hetland, M. Marta-Almeida, and S. F. DiMarco} (2012) A numerical investigation of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya freshwater transport, filling and flushing times on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf, J. Geophys. Res., 117:C11009, doi:10.1029/2012JC008108.
  6. Zhang, X., M. Marta-Almeida, and R. D. Hetland (2012) A high-resolution pre-operational forecast model of circulation on the Texas-Louisiana continental shelf and slope, J. Operational Oceanography, 5(1), 19- 34.
  7. Hetland, R. D. and S. F. DiMarco (2012) Skill assessment of a hydrodynamic model of circulation over the Texas- Louisiana continental shelf, Ocean Modelling, 43-44, 64-76, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.11.009
  8. Bianchi, T. S., R. L. Cook, E. M Perdue, P. E. Kolic, N. Green, Y. L. Zhang, R. W. Smith, A. S. Kolker, A. Ameen, G. King, L. M. Ojwang, C. L. Schneider, A. E. Normand, R. D. Hetland (2011) Impacts of diverted freshwater on dissolved organic matter and microbial communities in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, USA, Marine Environmental Research, 72(5), 248-257, doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2011.09.007
  9. Fennel, K, R. Hetland, Y. Feng, and S. DiMarco (2011) A coupled physical-biological model of the Northern Gulf of Mexico shelf: model description, validation and analysis of phytoplankton variability, Biogeosciences, 8, 1881-1899, doi:10.5194/bg-8-1881-2011.
  10. Forrest, D. R, R. D. Hetland, S. F. DiMarco (2011), Multivariate statistical regression models of the areal ex- tent of hypoxia over the Texas-Louisiana continental shelf, Env. Res. Letters., 6, 10pp, doi:10.1088/1748- 9326/6/4/045002
  11. Xu, K., C. K. Harris, R. D. Hetland, J. M. Kaihatu (2011) Dispersal of Mississippi and Atchafalaya Sediment on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf: Model Estimates for the Year 1993, Cont. Shelf Res., 31(15), 1558-1575, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2011.05.008
  12. Burchard, H, R. D. Hetland, E. Schulz, H. M. Schuttelaars (2011), Drivers of residual estuarine circulation in tidally energetic estuaries: Straight and irrotational channels with parabolic cross-section, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 41(3), 548-570, doi: 10.1175/2010JPO4453.1
  13. Bianchi T. S., S. F. DiMarco, J. H. Cowan J.R., R. D. Hetland, P. Chapman, J. W. Day, M. A. Allison (2010) Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Connecting Science with Policy, EOS Forum, 91(19), 173-174..
  14. Burchard, H. and R. D. Hetland (2010),Quantifying the contributions of tidal straining and gravitational circulation to residual circulation in periodically stratified tidal estuaries, J. Phys. Oceanogr, 40(6), 1243-1262, doi:10.1175/2010JPO4270.1
  15. Bianchi T. S., S. F. DiMarco, J. H. Cowan J. R., R. D. Hetland, P. Chapman, J.W. Day, M.A. Allison, (2010) The science of hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: A review, Sci. Total Environ., doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.11.047
  16. Hetland, R. D. (2010), Estuarine Overmixing, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 199-211, doi:10.1175/2009JPO4247.1.
  17. Zhang, X., D. C. Smith, S. F. DiMarco, and R. D. Hetland (2010), A Numerical Study of Sea-Breeze-Driven Ocean Poincare Wave Propagation and Mixing near the Critical Latitude, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 48-66, doi:10.1175/2009JPO4216.1.
  18. DiMarco, S. F., P. Chapman, N. Walker, and R. D. Hetland (2010) Does local topogra- phy control hypoxia on the eastern TexasLouisiana shelf? J. Mar. Sys., 80, 25-35, doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2009.08.005.
  19. Hetland, R.D. (2010), The effects of mixing and spreading on density in near-field river plumes. Dyn. Atmos. Oceans, 49(1), 37-53, doi:10.1016/j.dynatmoce.2008.11.003 PDF
  20. DiMarco, S. F., P. Chapman, N. Walker, AND R. D. Hetland (2010) Does local topography control hypoxia on the eastern Texas-Louisiana shelf? J. Mar. Sys., 80, 25-35, doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2009.08.005.
  21. Chen, F, D. G. MacDonald, and R. D. Hetland (2009) Lateral spreading of a near-field river plume: Observations and numerical simulations. J. Geophys. Res., 114, C07013, doi:10.1029/2008JC004893.
  22. Zhang, X., S. F. DiMarco, D. C. Smith, IV, M. K. Howard, A. E. Jochens, and R. D. Hetland (2009) Near-resonant ocean response to sea breeze on a stratified continental shelf. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39(9), 2137-2155.
  23. Fischer, Elisabeth, H. Burchard, and R. D. Hetland (2009), Numerical investigations of the turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rate in the Rhine region of freshwater influence. Ocean Dynamics, 59(5), 629-641, doi:10.1007/s10236-009-0187-4.
  24. Bianchi, T. S., Dimarco, S. F., Allison, M. A., Chapman, P., Cowan J. H., Hetland, R. D., Morse, J. W. Rowe, G. (2008) Controlling Hypoxia on the U.S. Louisiana Shelf: Beyond the Nutrient-Centric View, EOS, 89(26), 236-237.
  25. Hetland, R. D. and D. G. MacDonald (2008) Spreading in the near-field Merrimack River plume, Ocean Modelling, 21, 12-21, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2007.11.001. PDF
  26. Justic, D., V. J. Bierman, D. Scavia, and R. D. Hetland (2007) Forecasting Gulfs Hypoxia: The Next 50 Years? Estuaries and Coasts, 30(5), 791-801.
  27. Hetland, R. D. and L. Campbell (2007) Convergent blooms of Karenia brevis along the Texas coast, Geophys. Res. Letters, 34, L19604, doi:10.1029/2007GL030474. PDF
  28. MacDonald, D. G., G, L. Goodman, and R. D. Hetland, (2007) Turbulent dissipation in a near field river plume: A comparison of control volume and microstructure observations with a numerical model, J. Geophys. Res., J. Geophys. Res., 112, C07026, doi:10.1029/2006JC004075.
  29. Hetland, R. D. and S. F. DiMarco, (2007) How does the character of oxygen demand control the structure of hypoxia on the Texas-Louisiana continental shelf? J. Marine Systems, 70 (2008) 49-62, doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2007.03.002. PDF
  30. Hetland, R. D., (2006) Event-driven model skill assessment, Ocean Modelling, 11, 214-223. PDF
  31. Hetland, R. D., and R. P. Signell, (2005) Modeling Coastal Current Transport in the Gulf of Maine, Deep Sea Res. II, 52, 2430-2449. PDF
  32. Hetland, R. D., (2005) Water mass structure of wind forced river plumes, J. Phys. Oceanogr, 35(9), 1667-1688. PDF
  33. Hetland, R. D., and W. R. Geyer, (2004) An idealized study of dynamically controlled estuarine scales, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 34(12), 2677-2691. PDF
  34. Hetland, R. D., D. J . McGillicuddy and R. P. Signell, (2002) Cross-frontal entrainment of plankton into a buoyant plume: the frog tongue mechanism, J. Mar. Res., 60, 763-777. PDF
  35. McGillicuddy, D. J., R. P. Signell, C. A. Stock, B. A. Keafer, M. D. Keller, R. D. Hetland, and D. M. Anderson, (2002) A mechanism for offshore initiation of harmful algal blooms in the coastal Gulf of Maine, J. Plankton Res., 25(9), 1131-1138.
  36. MacCready, P. M., R. D. Hetland, W. R. Geyer, (2002) Long-Term Isohaline Salt Balance in an Estuary. PECS issue of Cont. Shelf Res., 22, 1591-1601.
  37. Hetland, R. D., Y. Hsueh and D. Yuan (2001), On the decay of a baroclinic jet flowing along a continental slope, J. Geophys. Res., 106(C9), 19,797-19,807. PDF
  38. Hetland, R. D., Y. Hsueh, R. R. Leben, AND P. P. Niiler (1999), A Loop Current-Induced Jet Along the Edge of the West Florida Shelf, Geophys. Res. Letters, 26(15), 2239-2242. PDF
  39. Pettigrew, N. R., D. W. Townsend, H. Xue , J . P. Wallinga, P. J . Brickley and R. D. Hetland (1998), Observations of the Eastern Maine Coastal Current and it’s Offshore Extensions, J. Geophys. Res., 103(C13), 30,623-30,639