Inga Monika Koszalka
       Assistant Research Scientist

  Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  328 Olin Hall
  3400 North Charles Street
  Johns Hopkins University
  Baltimore, Maryland 21218

  Tel +1-410-516-5631
  Fax +1-410-516-7933
  inga.koszalka@jhu.edu

  Research Interests
  - Ocean circulation with focus on the Nordic Seas
  - Studies of ocean transport processes using Lagrangian techniques
  - Stirring and mixing processes and their parametrization
  - Development of analysis' methods for oceanographic data
  - Dynamics of mesoscale ocean vortices and their role in transport processes
  Current project (2011-)
I am currently working with Prof. Thomas Haine at Johns Hopkins University, Planetary Sciences. We investigate circulation in the Irminger Basin using output from a high resolution ocean model (MITgcm) and a Lagrangian particle code. Using the Lagrangain approach, I study fates and origins, travel times, mixing and property transformation of water masses represented by model particles. I complement the Lagrangian results with Eulerian analysis and comparison with observations. The specific questions I have been addressing are:

- Pathways, fates and transformation of the Denmark Strait Overflow Water: DSO website
  
- The origins of the intermediate-water Spill Jet in the Irminger Basin
- Pathways of warm Atlantic Water on the East Greenland Shelf toward outlets of marine glaciers: Fjords' website   

My collaborators include: Dr. Marcello Magaldi (ISMAR-CNR, Italy), Dr. Robert Pickart (WHOI, USA), Dr. Wilken-Jon von Appen (AWI, Germany), Dr. Fiamma Straneo (WHOI).

  Previous project (2008-2011)
With Prof. LaCasce, I studied surface circulation in the Nordic Seas using drifter observations. My contribution included mapping of currents and regions of high eddy activity, assessing mixing and eddy fluxes, estimating travel times of water parcels. I also worked on the development of methodology for the Lagrangian analysis. The work with the drifter data continues within the Norwegian project, NORSEE.

  Short CV (PDF)

  09/2011 - : Postdoctoral Researcher/Assistant Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University. W/Prof. T. Haine.
  02/2008-03/2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oslo, Norway. W/Prof. J. LaCasce.
  03/2008: PhD in Fluid Dynamics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  Title: Mesoscale vortices, Lagrangian transport and marine ecosystem dynamics.
  02/2005-02/2008: PhD student in Fluid Dynamics, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  Advisors: Antonello Provenzale (ISMAR-CNR) and Annalisa Bracco (Georgia-Tech)
  10/2004-12/2004: Visiting scientist at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy.
  06/2004: M.Sc. in Physical Oceanography, Marine Physics at University of Gdansk, Poland.
  Tutor: Witold Cieslikiewicz (University of Gdansk), Title: Application of chaos theory to the study of sea waves
  2002-2004: Graduate Student in Physical Oceanography, Marine Physics at University of Gdansk, Poland.
  2001-2002: Student in Arctic Geophysics at UNIS (University Courses on Svalbard), Longyerbyen, Svalbard.
  1999-2001: Undergraduate student in Physical Oceanography, Marine Physics at University of Gdansk, Poland.
  Fellowships and Awards
  Mary Sears Visiting Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, May - July 2006.
  Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 20 June - 26 August 2005.
  Program topic: "Fast Times and Fine Scales".
  Project: "The vibrating pendulum and stratified fluids" (Advisor: Dr. Oliver Buhler).
  Visiting scientist at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, October-December 2004
  Award scholarship of the Ministry of National Education, Poland, 2003.
  Submitted publications
W. J. von Appen, I. Koszalka , R. Pickart, T. W. N. Haine and Co-authors: The East Greenland Spill Jet as an important component of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, Deep Sea Res. I, vol 92, p.75-84, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2014.06.002
  Publications (peer-reviewed)
I. Koszalka , T. W. N. Haine and M. G. Magaldi: Fates and travel times of Denmark Strait Overflow Water in the Irminger Basin, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 43, 2611–2628: doi, pdf

Supplemental material - Animations of synthetic particles released in model dense waters at the Denmark Strait. Particles are color-coded by deployment subset (blue, cyan and red mark the particles released at the Denmark Strait Sill, the adjacent shelf and the Kangerlussuaq Trough, respectively).

-- All particles (dense and transformed), positions projected on the horizontal plane: m4v (25mb), mov (91mb); 3d view: m4v (25mb), mov (80mb)
-- Dense particles, positions projected on the horizontal plane: m4v (25mb), mov (240mb); 3d view: m4v (25mb), mov (220mb)

For more information, visit the project website: Pathways and transformation of the Denmark Strait Overflow Water in the Irminger Basin
  
I. Koszalka , J. H. LaCasce and C. Mauritzen (2013): In pursuit of anomalies - Analyzing the poleward transport of Atlantic Water with surface drifters, DSR II, vol. 85, p.96-108, link, pdf
P. E. Isachsen, I. Koszalka and J. H. LaCasce (2012): Observed and modelled surface eddy heat fluxes in the eastern Nordic Seas, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C08020, doi:10.1029/2012JC007935, link,
I. Koszalka , J. H. LaCasce, M. Andersson, K. A. Orvik and C. Mauritzen (2011): Surface circulation in the Nordic Seas from clustered drifters, Deep Sea Res. I, 58(4),468-485, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2011.01.007, pdf
M. Andersson, J. H. LaCasce, I. Koszalka , K. A. Orvik and C. Mauritzen (2011): Variability of the Norwegian Atlantic Current and associated eddy field from surface drifters, J. Geophys. Res., 116, C08032, doi:10.1029/2011JC007078
I. Koszalka , J. H. LaCasce (2010): Lagrangian analysis by clustering, O. Dynamics, 60(4), 957-972, link, pdf
I. Koszalka , J. H. LaCasce, K. A. Orvik (2009): Relative dispersion in the Nordic Seas, J. Mar. Res., 67, 411-433, pdf
I. Koszalka , L. Ceballos and A. Bracco (2010): Vertical mixing and coherent anticyclones in the ocean: the role of stratification, Nonlin. Processes Geophys, VOL. 17, 37-47, doi:www.nonlin-processes-geophys.net/17/37/2010/, pdf
I. Koszalka , A. Bracco, J. C. McWilliams and A. Provenzale (2009): Dynamics of wind-forced coherent anticyclones in open ocean, JGR, vol. 114, C08011, doi:10.1029/2009JC005388, pdf
I. Koszalka , A. Bracco, C. Pasquero and A. Provenzale (2007): Plankton cycles disguised by turbulent advection, Theor. Pop. Biol., 72, 1-6,: doi, pdf
  European Geophysical Union (EGU) contributions
I. Koszalka , T. W. N. Haine, and M. G. Magaldi (2012), Fates and transformation of Denmark Strait Overflow Water revealed by Lagrangian particles in a high resolution ocean model, European Geophysical Union Meeting, Vienna, Austria, (talk).
I. Koszalka and J. H. LaCasce (2010), Lagrangian analysis by clustering, European Geophysical Union Meeting, Vienna, Austria, (poster).
I. Koszalka, A. Bracco, C. Pasquero and A. Provenzale (2006), Turbulent advection and plankton cycles, European Geophysical Union Meeting, Vienna, Austria, (talk).
  Other publications
I. Koszalka (2008): Mesoscale vortices, Lagrangian transport and marine ecosystem dynamics. PhD thesis, Politecnico di Torino, Italy pdf
A. Bracco, I. Koszalka , C. Pasquero and A. Provenzale (2007): Turbolenza a mesoscala, ecosystema marino e cicli biogeochemici globali, Volume sul Clima e Cambiamenti Climatici, DTA-CNR (Publication of Italian National Research Council)
I. Koszalka (2006): Baltic Sea waves analysis by using chaos theory tools, Computer Systems Engeneering. Theory and Applications. Proceedings of The Fifth Polish-British Workshop, 2006, Wroclaw-Ladek Zdroj, Poland, Drukarnia Oficyny Wydawniczej Politechniki Wroclawskiej, Wroclaw, Poland.
I. Koszalka (2005): The vibrating pendulum and stratified fluids, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Proceedings Volumes, WHOI: pdf
  Comunications and presentations
I. Koszalka, T. W. N. Haine and M. G. Magaldi (2013), Lagrangian pathways and transformation of Denmark Strait Overflow Water in the Irminger Basin, 19th Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics conference, Rhode Island, 20 June 2013 (poster).
I. Koszalka (2012), Lagrangian analysis by clustering - mapping the mean flows and diffusivities in the Nordic Seas, Workshop on Inertial Oscillation Physics and Lagrangian methods, Miami, 7 November 2012 (talk).
I. Koszalka (2012), Fates and transformation of Denmark Strait Overflow Water revealed by Lagrangian particles in a high resolution ocean model, LAPCOD meeting, Miami, 11 June 2012 (talk).
I. Koszalka (2011), Investigating transport and mixing of Atlantic Water in the Nordic Seas with surface drifters, Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, 23 September 2011 (talk).
I. Koszalka, J. H. LaCasce, M. Andersson, C. Mauritzen, K. A. Orvik (2011), Surface circulation and eddy mixing in the Nordic Seas from clustered drifters, 18th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, Spokane, 13 June 2011 (poster).
I. Koszalka, M. Andersson, J. H. LaCasce, C. Mauritzen, K. A. Orvik (2010), Pathways of Atlantic Water toward Arctic from surface drifters (The Poleward Project), ICE-seminar, Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromso, 3 November 2010 (talk).
I. Koszalka, M. Andersson, J. H. LaCasce, C. Mauritzen, K. A. Orvik (2010), Pathways of Atlantic Water in the Nordic Seas from surface drifters, Oslo Science Conference, Oslo, Norway, (talk), 10 June 2010, talk, pdf
I. Koszalka and J. H. LaCasce (2010), Lagrangian analysis by clustering, European Geophysical Union (EGU) Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 7 May 2010 (poster).
I. Koszalka and J. H. LaCasce (2010), Clustering the Nordic Seas, Workshop on "Water mass transformation in the Nordic Seas", Bergen, Norway, 22-23 March 2010 (talk).
I. Koszalka and J. H. LaCasce (2010), Lagrangian analysis by clustering. An example in the Nordic Seas, iAOOS/POLEWARD workshop: "Closing the loop", Romskog, Norway, 7-9 February 2010 (talk).
I. Koszalka (2009), Lagrangian sampling of the northward route of the Atlantic Water and its spreading in the Nordic Seas, LAPCOD meeting, La Londe-les-Maures, France, 7 September 2009 (talk).
I. Koszalka, J.H. LaCasce, C. Mauritzen, K.A. Orvik, H. Soiland (2009), Lagrangian sampling of the Norwegian Atlantic current, iAOOS-Norge Norwegian Atlantic Current meeting, Tromso, Norway, 1 September 2009 (talk).
I. Koszalka (2008), Mesoscale, open-ocean anticyclones, vortex Rossby waves and strong vertical velocities, Workshop in Nonlinear Processes in Atmospheric and Oceanic Flows, Castro Urdiales, Cantabria, Spain, 4 July 2008 (talk).
I. Koszalka, A. Bracco, C. Pasquero and A. Provenzale (2006), Turbulent advection and plankton cycles, European Geophysical Union (EGU) Meeting, Vienna, Austria, (talk).
  Teaching experience
  Teaching Assistant with Prof. Yngvar Gjessing at UNIS 2001/2002.
  Seminar in Geophysical Turbulence and Transport, EPS/JHU, w/Prof. Anand Gnanadesikan, spring 2013.
  Cruise experience
  - Cruise with R/V G. O. Sars to the Barents Sea (Longyerbyen -Tromso). Deployment of POLEWARD drifters, June/July 2009 (1 week).

  - Cruise with R/V Haakon Mosby to the Svinøy section. Deployment of POLEWARD drifters, 6-11 October 2008.

  - Cruise with R/V Endeavor to the New Jersey Shelf, 3-17 August 2006. Measurements of nonlinear internal waves (SW06).

  - Student Cruises to the Baltic Sea with Oceanonograf II, University of Gdansk, 15-21 July 2003.

  - Student on R/V Lance to the Fram Strait, UNIS, 22-26 April 2002.

  - Student on R/V Haakon Mosby to the Kongsfjord, UNIS, 6-8 Sept. 2001, Kongsfjord, Svalbard.
  Languages
  - Polish: Mother tongue.

  - English: Fluent (Colloquial & Scientific, CPE certificate).

  - Italian: Fluent (Colloquial & Scientific).

  - Norwegian: Fluent (Colloquial & Scientific, Bergenstesten).
  Other professional activities and skills
  - Reviewing for Environmental Fluid Mechanics(1), Geophysical Research Letters(2), Deep Sea Research I(1), Polar Research (1), JGR Oceans(4), J. Mar. Syst (1), books (1)

  - Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS) - user and community member

  - Member of the Open Ocean community: Open Ocean

  - Member of the LAPCOD group (Lagrangian Analysis and Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics)

  - Member of the ASOF community (Arctic-Subarctic Ocean fluxes)
  Other interests
  - Most recently, Lindy Hop & East Coast Swing dancing in Baltimore. See me often here: Mobtown Ballroom
  - Mountain hiking, trail running, cross-country skiing, climbing
  - Bird watching - member of NOFoa (Norway) and OTOP (Poland)
  - Sacred music and church choral, often with an ecumenic twist. I am a LS. Currently in the Parish of SS. Philip and James, Baltimore. Previously in Gamle Aker Kirkekor in Oslo, Coro Diocesiano di Torino, Taize meetings, Fraternia (Gdynia, Poland), Longyerbyen choir.

Last updated 28 July 2014