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Prajvala Kurtakoti
Prajvala Kurtakoti
Eller O&M 628

Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 628 MS 3146 
College Station, Texas 77843


B.Tech. Computer Science and Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Fall 2004 – Summer 2008

M.Sc., Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Fall 2011 – Spring 2014

Ph.D., Oceanography, Texas A&M University, Fall 2014 – 2018 (Anticipated)

Project Assistant at the Centre of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (CAOS), Indian Institute of Science

Project : Indian Summer Monsoon Intra-seasonal Variability in the Indian Ocean, Summer 2008 – Summer 2011


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Prajvala Kurtakoti

Graduate Student

Research Interests

My main research interests are,

  • The dynamical processes that enable the ocean to act as a carbon sink and improve their representation in climate models. I want to use observational data and numerical models hand in hand to improve our theoretical understanding of these interactions.
  • To study GFD through laboratory experiments in stratified fluids. Ocean mixing is an important mechanism of heat and momentum transfer which affects climate both over oceans and land. During my Masters, I studied these mechanisms through a combination of laboratory experiments and data analysis.
  • Deep learning, Machine learning. 

I’m pursuing my PhD in Physical Oceanography at Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. Achim Stoessel studying deep open-ocean convection in high-latitude Southern Ocean in Coupled Earth System Models (CESM). Open-Ocean Polynyas (OOPs) in the Southern Ocean are large ice-free areas within the winter ice pack that are associated with deep convection and thus potentially contribute to the formation of deep water masses. While simulations with coarse-resolution versions of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) show no sign of OOP formation, OOPs emerge in simulations with eddy-resolving versions of CESM. I am currently analyzing the processes responsible for the preconditioning and formation of Maud Rise OOPs in regard to why these forms only in high-resolution CESM simulations.

You can read more about my research in my website:

Selected Publications

  • Kurtakoti, P., Veneziani, M., Stössel, A., Weijer, W. (2017). Preconditioning and Formation Mechanisms of Open-Ocean Polynyas in a High-Resolution Community Earth System Model. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Pandey, V. K., Kurtakoti, P. Evaluation of GODAS using RAMA Mooring Observations from the Indian Ocean.", Marine Geodesy 37.1 (2014): 14-31.

Additional Information

AdvisorDr. Achim Stossel
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