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Irina Chubarenko

Head of Laboratory
DSc (Physical and Mathematical Sciences)

Laboratory for Marine Physics 
Atlantic Branch IO RAS 

Prospect Mira, 1, 236022 Kaliningrad, Russia
Phone: +7 (4012) 45 15 74, Fax: +7 (4012) 91 69 70
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Present position: Head of Laboratory for Marine Physics, Dr. Sci Atlantic Branch of Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Kaliningrad

Research fields

  • geophysical fluid dynamics:
    convective water exchange in lakes and oceans; horizontal convection, deep ocean convection; mixing near the temperature of maximum density; cascading, upwelling, thermal bar, day/night circulation; Langmuir circulation in shallow basins.
  • marine microplastics:
    physical and dynamical properties of MPs particles; MP migrations in sea coastal zone; plastics fragmentation in the swash zone; 3-d distribution of MPs in the beach sand body.

Methods: laboratory experiment; numerical modelling; field measurements.

Language skills: English (fluent); German (basic skills); Russian (native).


  • Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 2009: Dr.Sci, physical oceanography;
  • Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 1984 – 1988: PhD, physical oceanography;
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1978-1984: M.Sc., Applied Phys. and Math. / physical oceanography.

Research Projects (after 2000):

  • 2015-2017: Microplastics research in the Baltic marine environment (Russian Science Foundation, project № 15-17-10020; Project Lieder). 2013-2015: Investigation of the role of intermediate layers in thermohaline conveyor of the Baltic Sea (Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) № 13-05-01041-a; Project Lieder).
  • 2011-2013: Mixing and water exchange in coastal lagoons under fall/winter time conditions (RFBR № 11-05-00674-a).
  • 2010-2012: Unsteady convective water exchange between shelf and open sea and its contribution to formation of thermo-haline structure of the Baltic Sea (RFBR № 10-05-00540-a; Project Lieder).
  • 2010-2012: Seasonal structural front and formation of cold intermediate layer of the Baltic sea (RFBR № 10-05-00472-a). 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012: AAA Rostock University, visiting fellow.
  • 2010-2013: CLIMSEAS Project (FP7-IRSES Ref. 2009-247512). 2009-2011: Density currents and mixing above underwater slopes of the Baltic sea (RFBR № 09-05­00446-a; Project Lieder).
  • 2008-2010: Advanced modeling tool for scenarios of the Baltic Sea ecosystem to support decision making – ECOSUPPORT (RFBR № 08-05-92421-BONUS_a). 2007-2009: Investigation of a mechanism of seasonal water-exchange between shelf and open sea area and its response to the expected climate change (RFBR № 07-05-00850-a; Project Lieder).
  • 2006-2008: Investigation of water-exchange between surface and deep layers of the Baltic Sea: down-slope currents, coastally-related frontal zones, orographic and convective effects (RFBR № 06-05­64138).
  • 2005–2006: Seasonal mixing mechanisms in upper layers of Caspian and Baltic seas (NATO ESP.CLG 981 368; Project coordinator). 2004-2005: Expert of the Working package 2 “WP2: Water Resources” in the TACIS/2003/061-131 90 Project “Seagull RC: Russian component of the development strategy for Euroregion Baltic”.
  • 2004: Seasonal cooling processes in Lake Constance (DAAD). 2003-2007: The World Ocean (FCP RF).
  • 2003-2005: Investigation of dynamics and structural features of the Baltic Sea surface layer (RFBR № 03-05-65136-a). 2002-2004: Mass transfer through the submarine canyons (INTAS № 460).
  • 2001-2002: Hydrodynamics in the littoral zone of Lake Constance (DFG № Hu/412-27.1). 2001: Transport in the Littoral (DFG SFB454 Bodenseelittoral; D5).
  • 2001–2006: NATO CCMS Pilot Study on Ecosystem Modelling of Coastal Lagoons for Sustainable Management. 1998-2003 Russian-German bilateral project "The Baltic".

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 (RFBR №№ 13-05-10086-k, 12-05-10069-k, 11-05­10060-k, 10-05-10050-k, 09-05-10037-k, 08-05-10066-e, 08-05-02111-k, 07-05-10047-k, 06-05­79097-k).

Selected publications (after 2010)

Books :

  1. Hutter, K., Wang, Y., Chubarenko, I. Physics of Lakes. Vol. 1: Foundation of the Mathematical and Physical Background. ISSN 1866-8348; e-ISSN 1866-8356; ISBN 978-3-642-15177-4; e-ISBN 978-3-642-15178-1; DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-15178-1; Springer Heidelberg Dordrecht London New York, 2011. 434 pp.
  2. Hutter, K., Wang, Y., Chubarenko, I. Physics of Lakes. Vol. 2: Lakes as Oscillators. 1st Edition., 2011, LXVIII, 646 pp. 264 illus., 14 in color. ISSN 1866-8348; e-ISSN 1866-8356; ISBN 978-3-642-19111-4; e-ISBN 978-3­642-15178-1; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-19112-1; Springer Heidelberg Dordrecht London New York, 2011.
  3. Hutter, K., Wang, Y., Chubarenko, I. Physics of Lakes. Vol. 3: Methods of Understanding Lakes as Components of the Geophysical Environment. Springer Heidelberg Dordrecht London New York. 2014, LXVI, 605 pp. 237 illus., 70 illus. in color. ISBN 978-3-319-00472-3. ISSN 1866-8348.­00473-0
  4. Chubarenko. Horizontal convection above underwater slopes. Terra Baltica, Kaliningrad, 2010. 256 pp. ISBN­978-5-98777-050-4 (in Russian).

Journal articles :

  1. Bagaev A., Mizyuk A., Khatmullina L., Isachenko I., Chubarenko I. 2017. Anthropogenic fibres in the Baltic Sea water column: Field data, laboratory and numerical testing of their motion. Science of the Total Environment. 2017 Dec 1;599-600:560-571.
  2. Chubarenko I., Stepanova N. Microplastics in sea coastal zone: Lessons learned from the Baltic amber. Environmental Pollution. Vol. 224, May 2017, pp. 243-254.
  3. Esiukova E.E., Chubarenko I. P., Stont Zh. I. Upwelling or differential cooling? Analysis of satellite SST images of the Southeastern Baltic Sea. Water Resources. January 2017, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 69–77.
  4. Chubarenko, I., Bagaiev, A., Zobkov, M., Esiukova, E., 2016. On some physical and dynamical properties of microplastic particles in marine environment. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 108, 105–112.
  5. Stepanova N. B., Chubarenko I. P., and S. A. Shchuka. Structure and Evolution of the Cold Intermediate Layer in the Southeastern Part of the Baltic Sea by the Field Measurement Data of 2004–2008. Oceanology, 2015, Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 25–35.
  6. Chubarenko, I., Esiukova, E., Stepanova, N., Chubarenko, B., Baudler, H. Down-slope cascading modulated by day/night variations of solar heating. J. Limnol. 72(2), 2013, pp. 240-252. DOI:
  7. Chubarenko I.P., Afon V.V., Chugaevich V.Y., Krechik V.A. Water Dynamics above the Sloping Botom due to an Intense Summer Heating. Russian Meteorology and Hydrology. 2013. Vol. 38, No. 1. pp. 44-52.
  8. Demchenko N.Yu., Chubarenko I.P. Spatiotemporal variability of thermal front features in the Baltic Sea 2010­2011. Oceanology, 2012, 52(6), pp. 728-734.
  9. Zhurbas, V. M., J. Elken, V. T. Paka, J. Piechura, G. V?li, I. P. Chubarenko, N. Golenko, and S. Shchuka (2012) Structure of unsteady overflow in the S?upsk Furrow of the Baltic Sea. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, doi: 10.1029/2011JC007284, pp. 1-17.
  10. Demchenko N., Chubarenko I. Horizontal exchange across the thermal bar front: laboratory and numerical modeling // Water Quality Research Journal of Canada. 2012. Vol. 47. № 3-4. pp. 436 -450.
  11. Demchenko N., Chubarenko I, G.-J. van Heijst. On the fine structure of the thermal bar front. Environmental Fluid Mechanics. 12(2), 2012, 161-183. DOI: 10.1007/s10652-011-9223-2.
  12. Demchenko N., Chubarenko I., Kaitala S. The development of seasonal structural fronts in the Baltic Sea after winters of varying severity. Clim Res, Vol. 48: 73–84, 2011. doi: 10.3354/cr01032.
  13. Zhurbas V., Elken J., Paka V., Piechura J., Chubarenko I., V?li G., Golenko N., Shchuka S. On the possibility of convective overturning in the S?upsk Furrow overflow of the Baltic Sea. Oceanologia 2011, no. 53(3), pp. 771­ 791. doi:10.5697/oc.53-3.771
  14. Chubarenko I, Chubarenko B., Esiukova E. and Baudler H. Mixing by Langmuir circulation in shallow lagoons. Baltica, 23(1), 2010. pp. 13-24.
  15. Chubarenko I.P., Demchenko N.Y. On contribution of horizontal and intra-layer convection to the formation of the Baltic Sea cold intermediate layer. Ocean Sci. 6(1), 285-299, 2010.­6-285-2010.html
  16. Chubarenko I.P. Horizontal convective water exchange above sloping bottom: the mechanism of its formation and an analysis of its development. Oceanology, 2010, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 166–174.
  17. Dethleff, D., E.W.Kempema, R.Koch, I.Chubarenko. On the helical flow of Langmuir circulation – approaching the process of suspension freezing. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 56(1), 2009. Pp.50-57.
  18. Gritsenko V.A., Chubarenko I.P. On Features of Structure of Bottom Gravity Current Frontal Zone. Oceanology, 50(1), 2010, pp. 28-35.