David Schwab

David Schwab


Computer & Math Sr. Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center

  • PhD, Oceanic Science, University of Michigan, 1981
  • MS, Physics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1974
  • BS, Applied Mathematics and Physics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1972

Research Interests

My research has centered on geophysical fluid dynamics problems in the Great Lakes and other shallow enclosed seas. This has included theoretical, numerical, and observational investigations of circulation, thermal structure, seiches, storm surges, wind waves, and air-sea interaction. Current research involves numerical modeling of three-dimensional lake-scale circulation, thermal structure, and biological-physical interactions.


  • Hydrodynamic modeling of the Great Lakes and other coastal regions including theoretical, numerical, and observational investigations of circulation, thermal structure, seiches, storm surges, wind waves, and air-sea interaction
  • Applications of hydrodynamic modeling to water quality problems, including transport of bacteria from tributary sources to swimming beaches and predictive tracking of algal blooms

Recent Publications

  • Bai, X., J. Wang, D.J. Schwab, Y. Yang, L. Luo, G.A. Leshkevich, and S. Liu. Modeling 1993-2008 climatology of seasonal general circulation and thermal structure in the Great Lakes using FVCOM. Ocean Modelling. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2013.02.003 (2013).
  • Nekouee, N., P.J.W. Roberts, D. J. Schwab and M.J. McCormick. Classification of Buoyant River Plumes from Large Aspect Ratio Channels. I: Classification. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, March (2013).
  • Alves, J.-H., A. Chawla, H.L. Tolman, D.J. Schwab, G.A. Lang, and G. Mann. The operational implementation of a Great Lakes wave forecasting system at NOAA/NECP. Weather and Forecasting [doi:10.1175/WAF-D-12-00049.1] (2013).
  • Wynne T.T., R.P. Stumpf, M.C. Tomlinson, G.L. Fahnenstiel, J. Dyble, D.J. Schwab and S. Joseph Joshi. Evolution of a cyanobacterial bloom forecast system in western Lake Erie: Development and initial evaluation, J. Great Lakes Res. (in press) (2013).
  • Anderson, E.J., and D.J. Schwab. Contaminant transport and spill reference tables for the St. Clair River. Marine Technology Society Journal 46(5):34-47 (2012). Read More
  • Fujisaki, A., J. Wang, H. Hu, D.J. Schwab, N. Hawley, and R. Yerubandi. A modeling study of ice-water processes for Lake Erie using coupled ice-circulation models. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 38(4):15 pp. (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2012.09.021) (2012).
  • Luo, L., J. Wang, D.J. Schwab, H.A. Vanderploeg, G.A. Leshkevich, X. Bai, H. Hu, and D. Wang. Simulating the 1998 spring bloom in Lake Michigan using a coupled physicalbiological model. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 117, C10011, doi:10.1029/2012JC008216 (2012).
  • Beletsky. D., N. Hawley, Y.R. Rao, H.A. Vanderploeg, R. Beletsky, D.J. Schwab and S.A. Ruberg. Summer thermal structure and anticyclonic circulation of Lake Erie. Geophysical Research Letters, v39, L06605, 6 PP., [doi:10.1029/2012GL051002] (2012).
  • Rao, Y. and D.J. Schwab. Laurentian Great Lakes, interaction of coastal and offshore waters. In Encyclopedia of Lakes and Reservoirs,L. Bengtsson, R.W. Herschy, and R.W. Fairbridge (eds.). Springer, Encyclopedia of Earth Science Series, 479-484 {doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-4410-6_264] (2012).
  • Brown, C.W., D. Green, B. Hickey, J.M. Jacobs, L.W.J. Lanerolle, S. Moore, D. Schwab, V. Trainer, J. Trtanj, E. Turner, R. Wood and T. Wynne. Operational forecasts of algal blooms and pathogens. In Environmental Tracking for Public Health Surveillance, Stanley A. Morain, Amelia Budge Eds. CRC Press, 480 pp. (2012).