Raisa Beletsky

Research Associate

4840 South State Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9719


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­­Raisa has been a Research Associate with the SEAS Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, formerly CILER, at the University of Michigan since 2008. She studies circulation and thermal structure in the Great Lakes, particle transport and water residence time using numerical models and observations.

  • M.S., Physical geography and ecology, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1999
  • Ph.D., Hydrology, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2004
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
  • Numerical Modeling of Lake Hydrodynamics
  • Model Validation
  • Coastal Meteorology
  • Physical-biological modeling
  • Physical Limnology
  • Hydrologic Processes and Watersheds
  • Water Levels
  • Water Resources Forecasting
  • Aquatic Ecosystems.

Beletsky, D., R. Beletsky, E. S. Rutherford, J. L. Sieracki, J. M. Bossenbroek, W. L. Chadderton, M. E. Wittmann, G. M. Annis and D. M. Lodge. 2017. Predicting spread of aquatic invasive species by lake currents, J. Great Lakes Res.

Hawley, N., T. Redder, R. Beletsky, E. Verhamme, D. Beletsky, J. V. DePinto. 2014. Sediment resuspension in Saginaw Bay, J. Great Lakes Res. Supplement  40, 18-27.

Beletsky, D., N. Hawley, Y.R. Rao, H. A. Vanderploeg, R. Beletsky, D. J. Schwab and S.A. Ruberg. 2012. Summer thermal structure and anticyclonic circulation of Lake Erie, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L06605, doi:10.1029/2012GL051002.

Beletsky R. 2005. Lake morphometry and physical processes in lakes. Proceedings of 10th Russian Hydrological Congress, p. 78-79.

Beletsky R., Sevastjanov D.V. 2004. Influence of lakes morphometry and watersheds on trophic status of lakes. Vestnik of St.Petersburg State University, ser. 7, 1: 120-123.

Beletsky R. 2003. Significance of lake morphometry for trophic status of lakes – regional approach. Vestnik of St.Petersburg State University, ser. 7, 2:  112-116.

Beletsky R. 2003. On the relationship between morphometric and ecological characteristics of lakes. Izvestia of the Russian Geographical Society. 135 (3): 56-62.

Beletsky R. 2001. Influence of lake morphometry on lake ecosystem (R. Ileksa watershed). Vestnik of St.Petersburg State University, ser. 7, 4:  104-109.