Wu-ting Tsai, Professor

        Mailing address: Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan   (Map)
        Email: wttsai@ntu.edu.tw
        Phone: +886-2-3366-5772
        Fax: +886-2-2392-9885

Education Backgrounds
         Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. (1991)   (Thesis)
         National Taiwan University, B.S. (1981); M.S. (1983)   (Thesis)

Professional Experiences
Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering, National Taiwan University
Professor, Director (2004-2007), Institute of Hydrological and Oceanic Sciences, National Central University

Committee Chair of Oceanography Program, National Science Council, Taiwan
Professor by courtesy, Department of Earth Sciences, National Central University
Professor (1999-2002), Professor by courtesy (2002-2012), Department of Civil Engineering, National ChiaoTung University
Associate Professor (19941997) and Professor (19971999), Department of Oceanography, National Taiwan Ocean University
Post-doctorate Associate (19911992) and Research Engineer (19921994), Department of Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

The fluid flows in close proximity to the air-sea interface control the exchanges between the atmosphere and the ocean, such as gases, heat, vapor and momentum.  The scales of these flows, including wave motions and turbulence, are in general very small compared to the size of the ocean.  The processes within this surface layer, however, can profoundly affect the large scale geophysical fluid flows.  My research in recent years focuses on developing numerical models to simulate these flow processes, and applying these models to study the micro-physics of air-sea interactions and their potential impact on a global scale.

Some surface signatures of natural flows

Selected Recent Publications  Publication list

Tsai, W.-T., Chen, S.-M. and Lu, G.-H. 2015. Numerical evidence of turbulence generated by non-breaking surface waves. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 45(1), 174180.
Tsai, W.-T., Chen, S.-M., Lu, G.-H. and Garbe, C. 2013. Characteristics of interfacial signatures on a wind-driven gravity-capillary wave. J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20145.

Tsai, W.-T. and Hung, L.-P. 2010. Enhanced energy dissipation by parasitic capillaries on short gravity-capillary waves. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40(11), 24352450.

Hung, L.-P. and Tsai, W.-T. 2009. The formation of parasitic capillary ripples on gravity-capillary waves and the underlying vortical structures. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39(2), 263-289.

Lien, R.-C., Sanford, T.B. and Tsai, W.-T. 2008. Observations of turbulence mixing and vorticity in a littoral surface boundary layer. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 38(3), 648-669.

Tsai, W.-T. and Hung, L.-P. 2007. Three-dimensional modeling of small-scale processes in the upper boundary layer bounded by a dynamic ocean surface. J. Geophys. Res., 112, C02019, doi:10.1029/2006JC003686.

Courses Taught
       Mathematical Modeling and Analysis in Engineering (undergraduate & graduate at NTU)
       Applied Mathematics (II) (undergraduate at NCU)
       Applied Mathematical Methods (undergraduate & graduate at NCU)
       Fluid Mechanics in Science & Engineering (undergraduate & graduate at NTU & NCU)
       Fluid Mechanics in Engineering (undergraduate at NCTU)
       Computer Programming and Numerical Computation (undergraduate & graduate at NTU & NCTU)