Peter C. Smith

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

The main focus of my research is the physical oceanography of the continental shelf, particularly the Newfoundland and Scotian Shelves and the Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy. Present topics of interest to me include impacts of tidal in-stream energy conversion(TISEC) in the Bay of Fundy, physical measurements on the Halifax Line of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine, and offshore environmental factors related to offshore oil and gas development on Canada's east coast and the Arctic. I am also associated with US ocean observing systems through GoMOOS and the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS).

Professional activities / interests

Professor at:

  • Dalhousie

Education and awards

Ph.D in Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1973

MSc. in Aerospace Engineering, Brown University, 1967

BSc. in Aerospace Engineering, Brown University, 1966

Key publications

  1. Scotian Shelf crossovers during winter/spring 1999
  2. Interannual variability of boundary fluxes and water mass properties in the Gulf of Maine and on Georges Bank: 1993-97
  3. Mean Circulation and Variability on the Continental Shelves of Eastern Canada.
  4. Physical Processes at the Shelf Edge in the Northwest Atlantic