Alexander Kurapov – COSS-TT
Research Scientist at the Coast Survey Development Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Dr. Kurapov is an expert in coastal ocean processes, modeling, and data assimilation. His research interests have included shelf wind and tidally driven flows, shelf and interior ocean interactions, coupled ice-ocean dynamics over the shelf, and wave-current interactions. He has led the development of regional data assimilation and forecast systems at NOAA. He strongly believes that successful operational implementation of regional and coastal ocean forecast systems will be impossible without rigorous quality control of the input data and forecasted outputs, advances in understanding ocean processes across a spectrum of scales, or investment in the novel models and assimilation methods development and testing. Operational prediction cannot be separated from basic research. The research to operations and operations to research (R2O-O2R) is a continuous process and the only viable path to improvement.
Alexander has been a member of the OceanPredict Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team (COSS-TT) since 2009.