Peter O. Zavialov

Peter O. Zavialov
Head of the laboratory

Peter O. Zavialov

Date of birth:  August 5, 1966

Professional experience: 
2007-present: Deputy Director, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences;
2005–present: Department Head, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences;
2001–2005: Leading Researcher, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences;
1999–2001: Researcher, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences;
1994–1999: Visiting Lecturer/Researcher, University of Rio Grande, Brazil;
1992–1994: Research Assistant, Oregon State University, USA;
1989–1992: Graduate Student, State Oceanographic Institute, Russia;
1983-1989: Student, Moscow State University, Russia.

• M.Sc. (Russian equivalent) in physics– 1989, Moscow State University;
• Ph.D. (Russian equivalent -“Candidate of Sciences”) in physical oceanography – 1992, State Oceanographic Institute, Moscow, Russia;
• D.Sc. (“Doctor of Sciences” - Habilitation) in oceanography – 2000, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow, Russia.

Honors, awards, appointments:
Associate ("Corresponding") Member, Russian Academy of Sciences (2016);
Honorary Professor, Russian Academy of Sciences (2015);
Diploma for the best article published by MAIK/Nauka publishers (2011);
Certificate of commendation, WCRP/IHDP/IGPB Young Scientist Contest (2001); 

EC member and national contact, IAPSO;
Member and national contact, BRICS WG on ocean and polar research;
Lead author, Working Group 2, IPCC Assessment Report 5 (2011-2013);
Member of editorial board, Oceanology journal;
Member of editorial board, Oceanological Research journal;
Member of editorial board, Water Resources journal;
Member of editorial board, Fundamental and Applied Hydrophysics journal;
Member of editorial board, Geosystems of Transition Zones journal.

Summary statement of research interests and experience
I am a physical oceanographer with background in general physics. At the early stages of my career, at the State Oceanographic Institute, Russia, and, subsequently, Oregon State University, USA, my research mainly focused on small-scale processes and mixing in the upper layer of the ocean. Later, during my 5-years long work at the University of Rio Grande, Brazil, I shifted towards observational regional oceanography of the Southwestern Atlantic ocean, comprising the Brazil-Malvinas Confluence region and the adjacent shelf areas. At that time, I also started to focus on continental freshwater discharges into the ocean, and their impacts on coastal circulations. My results of that period were associated with the assessment of the impacts of freshwater runoff into the ocean from the La Plata Estuary and the Patos lagoon. After returning to Russia and accepting a position at  the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, my interests drifted further towards coastal oceanography, as well as marginal and inland seas, and terrestrial water bodies. In particular, I have gathered considerable experience in field work in the northeastern shelf of the Black Sea, focusing on anthropogenic pollution of the coastal zone, and interactions between the local river discharges and mesoscale shelf circulations. Further, since 2002, I have led a research programme dedicated to the Aral Sea, a major salty lake in the Central Asia, presently undergoing severe desiccation and salinization attributed to anthropogenic diversions of water from tributary rivers, as well as the climate change effects. This research programme, which included 21 field surveys of the lake accomplished to date, helped to reveal the present physical regime of the water body, assess details of its water budget, and formulate some predictions for the future. My secondary lines of research also comprise new methods of remote sensing of the coastal zone, and groundwater – sea water interactions. The geographic areas of my interest and some expertise include, in addition to those mentioned above, the South China Sea  and the Taiwan Strait, the Kara Sea, the Caspian Sea, and Lake Issyk Kul. 

Ph.D. students supervised:
A.A. Osadchiev – successful completion in 2013;
A.S. Izhitskiy - successful completion in 2014;
N.V. Zhurbas - successful completion in 2015;
V.V. Pelevin - successful completion in 2017;
N.Yu. Andrulionis – in progress;
S.A. Rozhdestvenskiy – in progress.

Publications: Overall, about 90 papers and 4 books. Only the most important/relevant are listed below. For more complete list, please see  

  Science articles

On thermohaline structure and circulation of the Western Large Aral Sea from 2009 to 2011: Observations and modeling

Journal of Marine Systems, 2014. A.S. Izhitskiy, P.O. Zavialov, E. Roget, H.-P. Huang, A.K. Kurbaniyazov


River Plumes in Sochi Water Area

Search and Development, 2014. P. Zavyalov, P. Makkaveev


Ocean Systems

Philip W. Boyd (New Zealand/Australia), William W.L. Cheung (Canada), Salvador E. Lluch-Cota (Mexico), Yukihiro Nojiri (Japan), Daniela N. Schmidt (UK), Peter O. Zavialov (Russian Federation


Synoptic Variability of Currents in the Coastal Waters of Sochi

Oceanology, 2014. O. A. Korotkina, P. O. Zavialov, A. A. Osadchiev


Investigation and assessment of submarine groundwater discharge of ping-tung nearshore area in southwestern taiwan

R-C Kao, Peter O. Zavialov and C-C Ding


Dynamics of river plumes in coastal ocean

Peter Zavialov, Victor Zhurbas and Alexander Osadchiev


Model for Predicting the Transport and Dispersal of Contaminants Incoming with Submarine Groundwater: Case Study for the Southwestern Taiwan Coastal Zone

Konstantin A. Korotenko, Peter O. Zavialov, Ruey-Chy Kao, Chung-Feng Ding

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