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McKiver William

Degree (B.Sc) in Physics (Maynooth University, Ireland, 1999)
Masters (M.Sc) in High Performance Computing (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2000)
Ph.D in Applied Mathematics (University of St Andrews, UK, 2004)
Post-doc (ISMAR, CNR, Venice, Italy, 2014-2018)

ISMAR Istituto di Scienze Marine-Arsenale - Tesa 104, Castello 2737/F, 30122 Venezia

Phone +39 041 2407925


The focus of my research is in the area of geophysical fluid dynamics. I have studied many topics in this field ranging from theoretical aspects to more applied topics. In particular I have looked at how certain processes (turbulence and vortices, non-hydrostatic, modeling methods and resolved scales) affect ocean dynamics and marine biogeochemistry (plankton). I have worked to develop both mathematical models and numerical tools for obtaining a greater understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics, particularly the role of vortices, towards understanding how their interactions give rise to turbulence in large-scale geophysical flows.

  • Collaborated on the EPSRC funded project "A new twist to rotating stratified turbulence" 2004-2007.
  • Collaborated on the SFI funded project "Aggregation segregation and collective motion of swimming organisms and cells in flows", 2007-2008.
  • Obtained an IRCSET Research Fellowship on the project "The role of ocean transport processes in the distribution of plankton", 2008-2009.
  • Collaborated on the EPSRC project "The structure, stability and interaction of geophysical vortices", 2010-2011.
  • Collaborated on the EU FP7 project "Greenseas: Development of global plankton data base and model system for eco-climate early warning", 2011-2014.
  • Lectured course on "Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I" for PhD programme in Science and Management of Climate Change, University of Ca'Foscari, Venice, Italy, 2013-2014.
  • Collaborated on the RITMARE project, 2014-2017.
  • Collaborated on the project "Copernicus Climate Change Serives" under contract ECMWF/COPERNICUS/2017/C3S_422_Lot2, 2017-2019.


McKiver, W. J. & Dritschel, D. G. The motion of a fluid ellipsoid in a general linear background flow. J. Fluid Mech., 474: 147-173, 2003.

Dritschel, D. G., Reinaud, J. N. & McKiver, W. J. The quasi-geostrophic ellipsoidal vortex model. J. Fluid Mech., 505: 201-223, 2004.

McKiver, W. J. & Dritschel, D. G. The stability of a quasi-geostrophic ellipsoidal vortex in a background shear flow. J. Fluid Mech., 560: 1-17, 2006.

McKiver, W. J. & Dritschel, D. G. Balance in non-hydrostatic rotating stratified turbulence. J. Fluid Mech., 596: 201-219, 2008.

McKiver, W. J. & Neufeld, Z. The influence of turbulent advection on a phytoplankton ecosystem with nonuniform carrying capacity. Phys. Rev. E, 79(6): 061902, 2009.

McKiver, W. J., Neufeld, Z. & Scheuring I. Plankton bloom controlled by horizontal stirring. Nonlin. Processes. Geophys., 16: 623-630, 2009.

McKiver, W. J. & Neufeld, Z. Resonant plankton patchiness induced by turbulent mixing. Phys. Rev. E, 83: 016303, 2011.

McKiver, W. J., Vichi, M, Lovato, T., Storto, A. & Masina, S. Impact of increased grid resolution on global marine biogeochemistry. J. Mar. Syst., 147: 153-168, 2015.

McKiver, W. J. The ellipsoidal vortex: A novel approach to geophysical turbulence. Adv. Math. Physics, 2015: 613683, 2015.

Dritschel, D. G. & McKiver, W. J. Effect of Prandtl's ratio on balance in geophysical turbulence. J. Fluid Mech., 777: 569-590, 2015.

McKiver, W. J., Sannino, G., Braga, F. & Bellafiore, D. Investigation of model capability in capturing vertical hydrodynamic coastal processes: a case study in the North Adriatic Sea. Ocean Sci., 12: 51-69, 2016.

McKiver, W. J. & Dritschel, D. G. Balanced solutions for an ellipsoidal vortex in a rotating stratified flow. J. Fluid Mech., 802: 333-358, 2016.

Bellafiore, D., McKiver, W. J., Ferrarin, C. & Umgeisser, G. The importance of modeling nonhydrostatic processes for dense water reproduction in the Southern Adriatic Sea. Ocean Model., 125: 22-38, 2018.

Ferrarin, C., Madricardo, F., Rizetto, F., McKiver, W. J., Bellafiore, D., Umgeisser, G., Kruss, A., Zaggia, L., Foglini, F., Ceregato, A., Sarretta, A. & Trincardi, F. Geomorphology of scour holes at tidal channel confluences. Geophys. Res: Earth Surface, 123(6), 1386-1406, 2018.

Garcia-Oliva, M., Perez-Ruzafa, A., Umgeisser, G., McKiver, W. J., Ghezzo, M., De Pascalis, F. & Marcos, C. Assessing the hydrodynamic response of the Mar Menor to dredging interventions through numerical modelling. Water, 10(7), 2018.

Ferrarin, C., Davolio, S., Bellafiore, D., Ghezzo, M., Maicu, F., McKiver, W. J., Drofa, O., Umgeisser, G., Bajo, M., De Pascalis, F., Malguzzi, P., Zaggia, L., Lorenzetti, G. & Manfe, G. Cross-scale operational oceanography in the Adriatic Sea. J. Oper. Oceanogr., 12(2), 86-103, 2019.

Garcia-Oliva, M., Marcos, C, Umgeisser, G., McKiver, W. J., Ghezzo, M., De Pascalis, F. \& Perez-Ruzafa, A. Modelling the impact of dredging inlets on the salinity and temperature regimes in coastal lagoons. Ocean and Coastal Management, 180, 2019.

McKiver, W. J. Balanced ellipsoidal vortex at finite Rossby number. Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn., 114(4-5), 453-480, 2020.

Madricardo, F., Ghezzo, M., Nesto, N., McKiver, W. J., Faussone, G. C., Fiorin, R., Riccato, F., Mackelworth, P., Basta, J., DePascalis, F., Kruss, A., Petrizzo, A. & Moschino, V. How to deal with seafloor marine litter: an overview of the state-of-the-art and future perspectives. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 505134, 2020.

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