portrait of Darek Bogucki, Associate Professor

Darek Bogucki

Associate Professor
S&E - Physical & Environmental Sciences

I completed my Ph.D. in 1996 in the Ocean Physics Group at the University of Southern California (USC). My postdoctoral research was carried out jointly at University of Southern California (Aerospace Engineering Department) and at Oregon State University (College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences). My research interests and experience are in experimental and in theoretical aspects of optical, physical oceanography, remote sensing, oceanic air-sea exchange, primary productivity, interactions between physical and biological components, ecosystem processes and their modeling. My experimental work ranges an ocean-going optical and hydrological and biological data collection and their analysis, to work with satellite measurements and design of new methods in satellite oceanography. Recent projects include: (1) global estimates of ocean-atmosphere exchange of CO2 (2) LIDAR measurement of mixed layer strength and LIDAR determination of CO2 exchange rate across air-sea interface (3) theoretical and experimental exploration of electromagnetic wave propagation in water, (4) optical in situ turbulence/transport measurements and (5) numerical simulations of radiative transfer equation (optical/microwave) in atmosphere and ocean. My past projects include: bio-optical assessment of the Black and Baltic Sea their primary productivity models and ecosystem dynamics, a circulation mixing and fate of pollutants in coastal seas. In all my projects I employ a mix of computational and theoretical approaches to better interpret obser- vations and to advance our knowledge of oceanic processes and interactions between small scale physical and biological components. I am actively engaged in making novel use of remote sensors, spaceborne microwave scatterometers, polarymetric optical measurements, and in the development of new in situ optical oceanic sensors. The remote sensing aspect of my work is focused on trying to better quantify the interaction of physical and biological components of the marine environment - with application to coastal environments. In the future I plan to focus on new sensing methods (remote sensing or in situ ocean observing systems) applied to physical and biological observations with the ultimate goal of improving our knowledge of oceanic processes and interaction among components of the marine environment. Coastal dynamics, oceanic CO2 exchange, biogeochemical cycles, and new oceanic sensing methods (such as LIDAR, microwave) will continue to occupy my primary focus.