Guoqi Han

Senior Research Scientist

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Han researches physical oceanography, focusing on changes in sea level and ocean circulation, as well as their impacts on marine ecosystems. Understanding the ocean and its changes is critical to marine safety, environmental protection, marine ecosystem management, offshore gas and oil exploitation, and climate change adaptation. In his research, Dr. Han develops and applies computer models, analyses, and interprets satellite observations and field measurements to study past variations and trends, current states, and future changes in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and elsewhere.

Professional activities / interests

Dr. Han serves on national and international scientific organizations to promote scientific exchanges. He is an Editor-in-chief of Atmosphere-Ocean, an Academic Editor of PLOS One, and an Editorial Member of Ocean Modelling. He is also the lead scientist for ocean sciences in the Surface Water and Ocean Topography – Canada (SWOT-C) Program, as well as a Vice Chair for Commission A: Space Studies of Earth’s Surface, Meteorology and Climate, Committee on Space Research. Dr. Han also trains PhD and master’s students in the field of physical oceanography as an Adjunct Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.


In addition, Dr. Han led the Science Program Committee for the CMOS (Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society)-CGU (Canadian Geophysical Union)-AMS (American Meteorological Society) 2007 Congress, and received the Prize in Applied Oceanography from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society in 1998.

Education and awards

PhD, Hohai University, 1989

Key publications

Li, X., G. Han, J. Yang, D. Chen, G., Zhen, and N. Chen: Using Satellite Altimetry to Calibrate the Simulation of Typhoon Seth Storm Surge off Southeast China. Remote Sensing, 10, 657, DOI:10.3390/rs10040657, 2018.

Dong, C., G. Xu, Han, N. Chen, Y. Hou, and D. Chen: Identification of tidal mixing fronts from high-resolution along-track altimetry data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 209, 489-496, DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2018.02.047, 2018.

Han, G., Z. Ma, Z. Long, W. Perrie and J. Chasse: Climate Change on Newfoundland and Labrador Shelves: Results From a Regional Downscaled Ocean and Sea-Ice Model Under an A1B Forcing Scenario 20112069. Atmosphere-Ocean, DOI:10.1080/07055900.2017.1417110, 2018.

Chen, N., G. Han, and J. Yang: Mean relative sea level rise along the coasts of the China Seas from mid-20th to 21st centuries. Continental Shelf Research, 152, 27-34, DOI:10.1016/j.csr.2017.12.002, 2018.

Zhao, H.,J. Zhao, X. Sun, F. Chen, and G. Han: A strong summer phytoplankton bloom southeast of Vietnam in 2007, a transitional year from El Nino to La Nina. PLoS ONE, 13, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0189926, 2018.

G. Han, Z. Ma, N. Chen, N. Chen, J. Yang, and D. Chen: Hurricane Isaac storm surges off Florida observed by Jason-1 and Jason-2 satellite altimeters. Remote Sensing of Environment, 198, 244-253, DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2017.06.005, 2017.

Li, M., Y. Wu, G. Han, R. H. Prescott, and C. L. Tang: A modeling study of the impact of major storms on seabed shear stress and sediment transport on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 122, 4183-4216, DOI:10.1002/2016JC012215, 2017.

Zhao, H., J. Pan, G. Han, A. T. Devlin, S. Zhang, and Y. Hou: Effect of a fast-moving tropical storm Washi on phytoplankton in the northwestern South China Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 122, 3404-3416, DOI:10.1002/2016JC012286, 2017.

Ma, Z., G. Han, B. deYoung: Modelling the response of Placentia Bay to hurricanes Igor and Leslie. Ocean Modelling, 112, DOI:10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.03.002, 2017.

Chen, C., Z. Mao, G. Han, T. Li, Z. R. Wang, B. Tao, T. Wang, and F. Gong: Optimal PAR intensity for spring bloom in the Northwest Pacific marginal seas. Ecological Indicators, 72, DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.08.044, 2017.

Han, G., N. Chen, C.Y. Kuo, C.K. Shum, and Z. Ma: Interannual and Decadal Sea Surface Height Variability Over the Northwest Atlantic Slope. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, DOI:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2584778, 2016.

Chen, C., Z. Mao, G. Han, Q. Zhu, F. Gong, and T. Wang: Latitudinal and interannual variations of the spring phytoplankton bloom peak in the East Asian marginal seas. Acta Oceanol. Sin., DOI:10.1007/s13131-016-0867-0, 2016.

Han, G., N. Chen, and Z. Ma: Annual sea level variations off Atlantic Canada from satellite altimetry. Satellite Oceanography and Meteorology, DOI:10.18063/SOM.2016.01.002, 2016.

Ma, Z., G. Han and J. Chasse: Simulation of Circulation and ice over the Newfoundland and Labrador Shelves: The mean and seasonal cycle. Atmosphere-Ocean, 54, DOI:10.1080/07055900.2015.1077325, 2016.

Han, G., Z. Ma, N. Chen, J. Yang, and N. Chen: Coastal sea level projections with improved accounting for vertical land motion. Scientific Reports, DOI:10.1038/srep16085, 2015.

Zhai L., B.J.W. Greenan, J. Hunter, T.S. James, G. Han, P. MacAulay, J.A. Henton: Estimating Sea-Level Allowances for Atlantic Canada using the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Atmosphere-ocean; DOI:10.1080/07055900.2015.1106401, 2015.

Han, G., Z. Ma, N. Chen, J. Yang, and N. Chen: Coastal sea level projections with improved accounting for vertical land motion. Scientific Reports, 5, DOI:10.1038/srep16085, 2015.

Zhao, H., J. Shao, G. Han, D. Yang and J. Lv: Influence of Typhoon Matsa on Phytoplankton Chlorophyll-a off East China. PLoS ONE, 10(9):e0137863. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0137863, 2015.

Ma, Z., G. Han, and J. Chasse: Simulation of Circulation and Ice over the Newfoundland and Labrador Shelves: The Mean and Seasonal Cycle. Atmosphere-ocean, DOI:10.1080/07055900.2015.1077325, 2015.

Wang, Z., G. Han, and F. Dupont: Effects of Spectral Nudging on Oceanic States in a Coarse-Resolution Model. Atmosphere-ocean, 53(3), 1-12. DOI:10.1080/07055900.2015.1050352, 2015.

Li, M., Y. Wu, R.H. Prescott, C.L. Tang, and G. Han: A modeling study of the impact of major storms on waves, surface and near-bed currents on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 120, DOI:10.1002/2015JC010755, 2015.

Han G., Z. Ma, N. Chen, R. Thomson, and A. Slangen: Changes in mean relative sea level around Canada in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Atmosphere-Ocean, 53, DOI:10.1080/07055900.2015.1057100, 2015.

Han G., E. Colbourne, P. Pepin, and Y. Xie:  Statistical projections of ocean climate indices off Newfoundland and Labrador. Atmosphere-Ocean, 53, DOI:10.1080/07055900.2015.1047732, 2015.

Ma, Z., G. Han, and B. deYoung: Oceanic responses to Hurricane Igor over the Grand Banks: A modeling study. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 120, 1276-1295, DOI:10.1002/2014JC010322, 2015.

Gilkinson, K., E.L. King, M.Z. Li, D. Roddick, E. Kenchington, G. Han: Processes of physical change to the seabed and bivalve recruitment over a 10-year period following experimental hydraulic clam dredging on Banquereau,Scotian Shelf. Continental Shelf Research, 92, 72-86, DOI:10.1016/j.csr.2014.11.006, 2015.

Chen, N., G. Han, J. Yang and D. Chen: Hurricane Sandy storm surges observed by HY-2A satellite altimetry and tide gauges. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 119, 4542-4548, DOI:10.1002/2013JC009782, 2014.

Tang, R., D. Liu, G. Han, Z. Ma, and B. deYoung: Reconstructed Wind Fields from Multi-Satellite Observations. Remote Sensing, 6, 2898-2911, DOI:10.3390/rs6042898, 2014.

Han, G., Z. Ma, H. Bao and A. Slangen: Regional differences of relative sea level changes in the Northwest Atlantic: Historical trends and future projections. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 119, 156-164, DOI:10.1002/2013JC009102, 2014.

Han, G., N. Chen and Z. Ma: Is there a north-south phase shift in the surface Labrador Current transport on the interannual-to-decadal scale? Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 119, 276-287, DOI:10.1002/2013JC009102, 2014.

Zhao, H., G. Han, and D. Wang: Timing and magnitude of spring bloom and effects of physical environments over the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 118, 1385-1396, DOI:10.1002/jgrg.20102, 2013.

Pepin, P., G. Han, and D. Head: Modelling the dispersal of Calanus finmarchicus on the Newfoundland Shelf: implications for the analysis of population dynamics from a high frequency monitoring site. Fisheries Oceanography, 22, 371-387, DOI:10.1111/fog.12028, 2013.

Zhao, H., G. Han, D. Wang, and S. Zhang: Two phytoplankton blooms near Luzon Strait generated by lingering Typhoon Parma. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 118, 412-421, DOI:10.1002/jgrg.20041, 2013.

Shaw J., P. Puig, and G. Han: Megaflutes in a continental shelf setting, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Geomorphology, DOI:10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.01.010, 2013.

Ohashi, K., G. Han, N. Chen, and J. Helbig: Northwest Atlantic surface circulation from multi-satellite observations. Atmosphere-Ocean, 51, DOI:10.1080/07055900.2012.747951, 2013.

Han G., Z. Ma, D. Chen, B. deYoung, and N. Chen: Observing storm surges from space: Hurricane Igor off Newfoundland. Scientific Reports, 2, doi:10.1038/srep01010, 2012.

Han G., Z. Ma, and N. Chen: Hurricane Igor impacts on the stratification and phytoplankton bloom over the Grand Banks. Journal of Marine System, 100-101, 19-25, 2012.

Ma, Z., G. Han and B. deYoung: Modelling temperature, currents and stratification in Placentia Bay. Atmosphere-Ocean, 50, DOI:10.1080/07055900.2012.677413, 2012.

Smith, P.C., N.R. Pettigrew, P. Yeats, D.W. Townsend and G. Han: Regime shift in the Gulf of Maine. Pages 393-407 in R.L. Stephenson, J.H. Annala, J.A. Runge, and M. Hall-Arber, editors. Advancing an ecosystem approach in the Gulf of Maine. Amer. Fish. Soc., Symposium 79, Bethesda, Maryland, 2012.

Zhao, H., D. Sui, Q. Xie, G. Han, D. Wang, N. Chen and D. Tang: Distribution and interannual variation of winter phytoplankton blooms northwest of Luzon Islands from satellite observations. J. of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, 15, 53-61, 2012.

Han, G., Z. Ma, B. deYoung, M. Foreman, and N. Chen: Seasonal variability of the Labrador Current and shelf circulation off Newfoundland. Ocean Modelling, 40, 199-210. doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.08.009, 2011.

Han G.: Mean dynamic topography and surface circulation in the western Labrador Sea and Newfoundland offshore. Int. J. of Remote Sensing, 32, 5381-5391, 2011.

Emery, W.J., T. Strub, R, Leben, M. Foreman, J.C. McWilliam, G. Han , C. Ladd, and H. Ueno: Satellite altimetry applications off the coasts of North America. In: Coastal Altimetry, S. Vignudelli, A. Kostianoy, P. Cipollini, J. Benveniste (Eds.), Springer, 285-303, 2011.

Han G., K. Ohashi, N. Chen, P.G. Myers, N. Nunes, J. Fischer: Decline and partial rebound of the Labrador Current 1993-2004: Monitoring ocean currents from altimetric and CTD data. J. Geophys. Res., 115, C12012, doi:10.1029/2009JC006091, 2010.

Fok, H.S., H. Baki Iz, C.K. Shum, Y. Yi, O. Andersen, A. Braun, Yi Chao, G. Han, C.Y. Guo, K. Matsumoto, T.Y. Song: Evaluation of ocean tide models used for Jason-2 altimetry corrections. Marine Geodesy, 33, 285-303, 2010.

Han G., J. Loder and B. Petrie: Tidal and non-tidal sea level variability along Nova Scotia coast from satellite altimetry. Int. J. of Remote Sensing, 31, 4791-4806, 2010.

Han, G., S. Paturi, B. deYoung, C. Yi, and C.-K. Shum: A 3-d data-assimilative tidal model of the Northwest Atlantic. Atmosphrer-Ocean, 48, 39-57, 2010.

Koeller, P., K.D. Friedland, C. Fuentes-Yaco, G. Han, D. W. Kulka, J. O’Reilly, T. Platt, A. Richards, M. Taylor. (2009). Remote Sensing Applications in Stock Assessments. IN Remote Sensing in Fisheries and Aquaculture: The Societal Benefits. IOCCG Rep. No. 8. pp. 31-58.

Han, G. and W. Huang: Low-frequency sea level variability in the South China Sea and its relationship with ENSO, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 97, 41-52, 2009.

Han G. and D. Kulka: Dispersion of eggs, larvae and pelagic juveniles of white hake (Urophycis tenuis) in relation to ocean currents of the Grand Bank: a model approach, J. of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science, 41, 183-196, 2009.

Han G., Z. Lu, Z. Wang, J. Helbig, N. Chen, and B. deYoung.: Seasonal variability of the Labrador Current and shelf circulation, J. of Geophysical Research, 113, C10013, doi: 10.1029/2007JC004376, 2008.

Han G. and Y. Shi: Development of an Atlantic Canadian Coastal Water Level Neural Network Model (ACCSLENNT), J. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 25, 2117-2132, 2008.

Han G. and W. Huang: Pacific decadal oscillation and sea level variability in the Bohai, Yellow, and East China Seas, J. of Physical Oceanography, 38, 2772-2783, 2008.

Han G. and J. Li: Evaluation of tandem TOPEX/Poseidon-Jason data in the Newfoundland offshore. Int. J. Remote Sensing, 29, 265-280, 2008.

Han, G., C. Mckenzie and M. He. Modeling ballast water exchange off Newfoundland. Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, edited by M. L. Spaulding, ASCE, 999-1018, 2008.

Han G.: Satellite observations of seasonal and interannual changes of sea level and currents over the Scotian Slope, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 37, 1051-1065, 2007.

Han G.: Low-frequency variability of sea level and currents off Newfoundland, Advances in Space Research, 38, 2141-2161, 2006.

Han G., and Z. Wang: Monthly-mean circulation in the Flemish Cap region: a modeling study, Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, ASCE, 138-154, 2006.

Han G.: Win-driven barotropic circulation off Newfoundland and Labrador, Continental Shelf Research, 25, 2084-2106, 2005.

Han G.: TOPEX/Poseidon–Jason comparison and combination off Nova Scotia, Marine Geodesy, 27, 577-595, 2004.

Han G.: Sea level and surface current variability in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from satellite altimetry. Int. J. Remote Sensing, 25, 5069-5088, 2004.

Han G.: Scotian Slope circulation and eddy variability from TOPEX/Poseidon and frontal analysis data, J. Geophys. Res., 109, C03028, doi:10.1029/2003JC002046, 2004.

Han G. and J.W. Loder: Three-dimensional seasonal-mean circulation and hydrography over the eastern Scotian Shelf, J. Geophys. Res., 108(C5), 3136, doi:10.1029/2002JC001463, 2003.

Han G.: Interannual sea level variability in the Scotia-Maine region in the 1990s, Canadian J. of Remote Sensing, 28(4), 581-587, 2002.

Han G., P. Roussel, and J.W. Loder: Modeling tidal currents and seasonal-mean circulation in the Scotian Gully region, Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, ASCE, 22-34, 2002.

Han G., C.L. Tang and P.C. Smith: Annual variations of sea surface elevations and currents over the Scotian Shelf and Slope, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 32, 1794-1810, 2002.

Han G., and C.L. Tang: Interannual variation of volume transport in the western Labrador Sea based on TOPEX/Poseidon and WOCE data, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 31, 199-211, 2001.

Savenkoff, C. A.F. Vezina, P.C. Smith, and G. Han: Summer transports of nutrients in the Gulf of St. Lawrence estimated by inverse modeling, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 52(5), 565-587, 2001.

Han G.: Three-dimensional modeling of tidal currents and mixing quantities over the Newfoundland Shelf, J. Geophys. Res., 105(C5), 11,407-11,422, 2000.

Han G., R. Hendry, and M. Ikeda: Assimilating TOPEX/POSEIDON derived tides in a primitive equation model over the Newfoundland Shelf, Continental Shelf Res., 20, 84-108, 2000.

Han G. and C.L. Tang: Velocity and transport of the Labrador Current determined from altimetric, hydrographic and wind data, J. Geophys. Res., 104(C8), 18,047-18,057, 1999.

Han G., J.W. Loder, and P. C. Smith: Seasonal-mean hydrography and circulation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the Eastern Scotian and Southern Newfoundland Shelves, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 29(6), 1279-1301, 1999.

Han G., and C.L. Tang: Velocity and transport variability of the Labrador Current using TOPEX/POSEIDON and hydrographic data, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 24(4), 393-398, 1999.

Han G., C.G. Hannah, P.C. Smith, and J.W. Loder: Seasonal variation of the three-dimensional circulation over the Scotian Shelf, J. Geophys. Res., 102(C1), 1011-1025, 1997.

Loder J.W., G. Han, C. G. Hannah, D. A. Greenberg, and P. C. Smith: Hydrography and baroclinic circulation in the Scotian Shelf region: winter vs summer, Canadian J. of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 54(Suppl. 1), 40-56, 1997.

Han G., M. Ikeda and P.C. Smith: Oceanic tides on the Newfoundland and Scotian Shelves from TOPEX/POSEIDON altimetry, Atmosphere-Ocean, 34(4), 589-604, 1996.

Han G. and M. Ikeda: Basin-scale variability in the Labrador Sea from TOPEX/POSEIDON and Geosat altimeter data, J. Geophys. Res., 101(C12), 28,325-28,334, 1996.

Han G. and D. Wang: Numerical modelling of the Anhui debris flow, J. Hydraulic Engrg., ASCE, 122(5), 262-265, 1996.

Han G.: Shallow water tide and shelf circulation by altimeter, In Oceanographic Application of Remote Sensing, Edited by M. Ikeda and F. Dobson, CRC Press, FL, 1995.

Han G., M. Ikeda, and P.C. Smith: Annual variation of sea surface slopes over the Scotian Shelf and Grand Banks from Geosat altimetry, Atmosphere-Ocean, 31(4), 591-615, 1993.

Research facility

80 East White Hills Road
St. John's, NL A1C 5X1


Professor at:

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland

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