OOMG Post Doc Joe Zambon participated in the UNOLS Deep Submergence Training Cruise this past summer from 26 July through 8 August. His successful proposal was to utilize the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry, in conjunction with the Alvin submarine, to conduct an investigation of the near-bottom currents. Using this novel approach, he will compare these deep ocean currents to models run daily at NC State to investigate larval transport. In addition to his research, Joe assisted over two dozen other early career marine biologists, geologists, chemists, and engineers with their investigations. The cruise was split into two parts linked by cutting-edge telepresence from the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center. While at sea, Joe discussed his research and answered questions via satellite to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and classrooms across the country. Other MEAS participants included Post Doc Joanna Kinsey and Doreen McVeigh.
Joe Zambon and Joanna Kinsey onboard R/V Atlantis answering questions by live video feed to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Joe Zambon and renowned oceanographer Robert Ballard discussing research objectives via satellite from the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center to R/V Atlantis.
Joe Zambon “welcoming” back first-time Alvin divers Laura Bagge (Duke University) and Kevin Kocot (University of Alabama) with the traditional ice bath.
The new Coupled Northwest Atlantic Prediction System (CNAPS) web site allows users to interact with the group’s ocean model of past, present, and three-day future ocean states. Expanding the domain of the SABGOM model, CNAPS covers the ocean from Nova Scotia to Venezuela and west in the north Atlantic, and includes marine weather, ocean waves, ocean circulation, and model validation. In the role of Virtual Oceanographer, users can “collect” real ocean data at all depths for a chosen point or along a user-defined transect, or release virtual particles into the ocean and watch their 72 hour routes. The concept of forecasting the ocean state, much like forecasting the weather, was highlighted in the NC State News and was the subject of Roy’s Coffee and Viz talk on Oct. 14, 2016.
OOMG hosted the three-day annual meeting of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) in May 2016. Over 60 attendees, representing federal and state agencies, academia, industry/private sector, and the public, discussed SECOORA board business, big data, ecological interactions in the southeast U.S., and opportunities for collaboration. Board members Mitch Roffer, Rick DeVoe, Lisa Adams, Quinton White, and Michael Crosby were elected. Plans were made to establish a student fellowship, design targeted member benefits packages for different user groups, develop a new RCOOS plan, and consider hosting a panel on Understanding Ecological Interactions in the Gulf of Mexico. SECOORA’s data portal update was presented.
SECOORA is one of the 11 national Regional Associations of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is an inter-agency cooperative collecting data for rapid detection and timely prediction of changes in our nation’s ocean and coastal waters.
For more details, see SECOORA’s post.
Searching for a missing oceanographic instrument mooring off the U. S. Atlantic coast, scientists aboard the R/V Atlantis discovered instead the remains of a shipwreck probably dating from the American Revolution. The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry was used to scan the sea floor for anomalies, which Alvin, with a crew of three, was later sent to investigate. OOMG post doc Austin Todd was aboard Alvin as it inspected the areas of interest for the scientific equipment. They found wooden ship timbers, glass bottles, a pottery jug, a metal compass, and other items. NOAA’s Marine Hertiage Program was notified. The mooring, deployed on a previous expedition in 2012, was never found.
NC State’s Prof. Dave Eggleston, Dr. Austin Todd, Dr. Doreen McVeigh, and Dr. Joe Zambon in front of Alvin’s hangar onboard the R/V Atlantis.
The Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Ocean Modeling in June 2015 was chaired by John Wilkin (Rutgers University), with Roy He as vice-chair. Attendees from OOMG included Xiangming Zeng, Roy He, Joe Zambon, and Ping Zhai. The University of New England (Biddeford, ME) provided a scenic backdrop.
Dr. Kerry Emanuel (center), the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visited OOMG on April 17, 2015. He was the invited speaker of “The Nature of Science: A Town Hall by Greg Fishel” program at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and gave a presentation on North Carolina Hurricanes: Past, Present and Future on April 16. Visiting NCSU’s Department of MEAS on the 17th, he also gave a departmental seminar on Radiative-Convective Equilibrium and Its Instability: Implications for Weather and Climate.
from left to right: Xiangming Zeng, Jennifer Warrillow, Joseph Zambon, Austin Todd, Kerry Emanuel, Chuanjun Du, Ping Zhai, Zhiren Wang, Yanlin Gong, and Ruoying He
An interactive exhibit at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located at Texas A&M University, allows visitors to “Make Your Own Oil Spill.” Visitors can “spill” oil in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Bight by tapping a touch-screen display, then watch the program map the dispersal of the oil based on bathymetry, currents, and winds. The visualization is part of the exhibit “Offshore Drilling: The Promise of Discovery.”
Gulf of Mexico Integrated Spill Response (GISR) team: Ruoying He (North Carolina State University) and Oliver Fringer (Stanford University). Graphics and animation by Gene Cooper (Four Chambers Studio).
Funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
Dr. Nancy White, Director of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, visited OOMG in January 2015. OOMG collaborates with the CSI on ocean wave energy research.
Present were (L to R): Roy He, Austin Todd, Nancy White, Jennifer Warrillow, Ping Zhai, Yanlin Gong, Xiangming Zeng, and Zhiren Wang.
Alvin being pulled out of the water as swimmers dive into the sea
May 2011, NSF SEEP Project Barbados Mooring Cruise. Dr. Roy He at far left.
OOMG members (l to r): Xiangming Zeng, Yanlin Gong, Yizhen Li, Jennifer Warrillow, Roy He, Zuo George Xue, Austin Todd, Taylor Shropshire, Joe Zambon, and Zhigang Yao
Both Alvin and R/V Atlantis are owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
View the photo gallery from the dive.
Debra Hernandez, Executive Director of the South East Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), visited the OOMG in March 2014.
from left to right: Xiangming Zeng, Zhigang Yao, Austin Todd, Debra Hernandez, Ruoying He, Joseph Zambon, Yanlin Gong, and Yizhen Li. (not pictured: Zuo “George” Xue, Jennifer Warrillow)
This display animates the NCSU SABGOM model-simulated trajectories of surface floats released within the South Atlantic Bight and the Gulf of Mexico on the day of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (April 20, 2010) and where they would drift for the following six months.
To see the trajectory of a surface float, click a starting location within the light shaded area in the Gulf of Mexico or the South Atlantic Bight. The drifter track will automatically animate along a precomputed path (indicated by a black line).
Project team: Ruoying He, Zhigang Yao and Zuo Xue (North Carolina State University); Jean Ann Bowman and Piers Chapman (Texas A&M University); and Oliver Fringer (Stanford University).
display design: Gene Cooper (Four Chambers Studio)
Funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
The University of South Florida’s Teledyne Webb Research Slocum Glider was deployed off the Atlantic coast of Florida to detect hotspots of reef fish activity in and around marine protected areas. The regional-scale nowcast/forecast ocean modeling system developed by the OMG group at NCSU will assist the glider’s navigation as it travels north along the Atlantic continental shelf, heading as far north as South Carolina.