OOMG attends Annual SECOORA Meeting

This week OOMG members Roy He, Joe Zambon, and Jennifer Warrillow attended the 2018 SECOORA Meeting in Charleston, SC.  Tuesday, Roy presented a talk on CNAPS model development, advances in data assimilation, and improving model resolution.  Roy was also presented with a gift as his tenure on the SECOORA board came to an end after 6 years. Wednesday, Joe gave a talk on his SECOORA…

CTDs Underway on the R/V Neil Armstrong

Station map for 1st cross-section in January 2018 PEACH cruise.

After the successful recovery and refurbishment of several bottom profilers, moorings, and surface buoys, the first transect of the PEACH (Processes Driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras; NSF Award: 1559476) cruise was undertaken this evening and into the early morning hours.  The transect spaced 7 stations along 60km of ocean from a few kilometers off of the NC Outer Banks to the continental shelf break.  To collect sub-surface data, scientists utilized shipboard CTD, the…

PEACH Cruise Underway

Dr. Joe Zambon and over a dozen scientists and PIs making up the PEACH (Processes Driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras; NSF Award #1559476) project departed the frozen waters of Woods Hole, MA on Monday morning (8-January) for Cape Hatteras onboard the R/V Neil Armstrong.  The first day of travel was difficult with high seas and crashing waves.  The anticipated transit time is 36 hours from Woods Hole, MA to…

Second PEACH Cruise Soon to be Underway

On Saturday, Dr. Joe Zambon arrived in New England to board the R/V Neil Armstrong for a journey down to offshore Cape Hatteras, NC.  The study is part of the PEACH, Processes Driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras, grant sponsored by NSF (Award: 1559476).  The next day will be spent mobilizing and retrofitting equipment onto the vessel for meteorological rawindsonde balloon deployments, a first…

Collaboration Between OOMG and Nagoya University

Dr. He visited Nagoya University in Japan in December 2017 to promote collaboration on western boundary current dynamics and prediction. Just as the U.S. is adjacent to the strong Atlantic Ocean western boundary current called the Gulf Stream, Japan abuts the Pacific Ocean’s Kuroshio Current (see the post on Why Western Boundary Currents Exist). Nagoya faculty Professor Joji Ishizaka, Associate Professor Hidenori Aiki,…

Loop Current Report Published by National Academies

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“The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine undertook a study to identify existing knowledge gaps about the Loop Current System and to develop a list of recommended efforts to fill those gaps. The resulting report, released today, calls for an international, multi-institutional campaign of complementary research, observation, and analysis activities that would help improve understanding and prediction of the Loop Current System.”…

Test Radiosonde Launch

Joe an dradiosonde balloon

OOMG member Dr. Joe Zambon tested a balloon-carried radiosonde with the help of NCSU’s Dr. Matt Parker from the roof of Jordan Hall. After filling the large balloon with helium, Joe and Matt zip-tied it closed, then attached the unwinder. Between the balloon and the radiosonde, the unwinder gently spools out 10 m of string so that the radiosonde is far enough…

OOMG Welcomes Yangyang Liu

OOMG welcomes its newest member, visiting graduate student Yangyang Liu. She comes to NC State from her home institution Xiamen University located in China’s Fujian Province. While at NC State she will be working on modeling solar radiation in the upper water column and its impact on the large scale ocean dynamics. Her advisor, Zhongping Lee, is a graduate of the University of South…

Laura McGee Wins Grand Prize at Climate Lightning Talks

Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) PhD Student and OOMG member Laura McGee delivered a talk at the first ever Climate Lightning Talks: Apocalypse Now? How Extreme Weather is Affecting the Southeast and the Globe. Her talk was titled, “Hurricanes Cause Asymmetric Phytoplankton Blooms” and explained how phytoplankton activity is enhanced along the right side of hurricane tracks in the North Hemisphere. McGee…

Hurricane Irma Siphons Water Away from West Florida Coast

An interesting phenomena has been observed in the wake of Hurricane Irma as it moves along the west Florida coastline.  Several images have been put on social media of water drastically receding away from the coastline, whereas tropical storms usually result in surge as they make landfall. This phenomenon is largely due to 2 factors.  First, the winds ahead of Irma are…