Young (Paul) Yi ’17



Project Title

Parameter Space Study of Tidal Mixing over Rough Topography

Mixing in the ocean can occur due to the winds and the tides, and it can influence how water circulates around the globe, affecting the ocean heat and carbon uptake as well as the sea level. The primary objective of my research project this summer was to conduct ocean model simulations of tidally-driven ocean mixing and to quantify the mixing’s dependence on the spatial location as well as the local topographical features. The spatial location and the topographical features were independently varied to study their effects on tidally-driven ocean mixing. The results from my simulations offered new insight about the limitations of existing mathematical formulations of tidally-driven ocean mixing used in current climate model simulations. I hope to be able to contribute to the improvement of these existing theories. Through this research opportunity, I further developed my oceanographic literacy and experienced the joy of applying knowledge from the classroom to a research setting. I have developed a better understanding of what working in a research environment is like, and hope to plan my remaining undergraduate years with graduate studies in mind.

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate Change and Environmental Science


Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton, NJ


Sonya Legg, Senior Research Oceanographer, Geosciences