Alexander Kurapov, PhD, has been a Physical Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 2018. His areas of expertise include coastal ocean modeling and prediction, data assimilation, wind-driven and tidally driven shelf processes, nearshore flows, and coupled ice-ocean circulation modeling. His research has been focused on the ocean dynamics along the West Coast of the United States and in the Bering Sea.
Kurapov was previously an associate professor at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, where he learned the art of ocean modeling and data assimilation. He has also been a member of the Ocean Predict Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team since 2009.
He has an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Fluid Mechanics from St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University in St. Petersburg, Russia.