State of the Sciences at Hunt Library

NCSU’s College of Science set up tables of information and activities throughout Hunt Library on April 21. The Ocean Observing and Modeling Group was represented by Nabi Allahdadi, Shun Mao, Laura McGee, and Jennifer Warrillow. Hundreds of people toured the Library to learn about the science conducted at the university. Nabi, Shun, Laura, and Jennifer had the opportunity to explain ocean modeling…

Cruise Planning for the Final Push

Onboard the R/V Neil Armstrong, OOMG’s Joe Zambon and NCSU Marine Science undergrad Lauren Ball have been assisting with the NSF-funded Processes investigating Exchange Around Cape Hatteras (NSF-PEACH) project. A crucial component of the ongoing cruise is to utilize real-time in situ, satellite, and model data to assist Chief Scientist Magdalena Andres position the ship for crucial measurements while at sea. Joe…

Filling the Gaps with Models

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Throughout the NSF-PEACH research cruise, OOMG’s Joe Zambon has been providing data to PIs and Chief Scientist Magdalena Andres for cruise planning. Several study sites were pre-determined months in advance, but this data has been instrumental in determining supplementary surveys of the Gulf Stream. In addition, short-duration features such as eddies have been sampled by determining their location while at sea. One…

Bathymetric Survey Off Cape Hatteras

One cruise objective for the April 2017 NSF-PEACH research cruise is to conduct a bathymetric survey of the shelf break approximately 20 nautical miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC. UNC’s Sara Haines explains that existing bathymetry in this area is of questionable quality possibly owing to the stitching of hand-drawn bathymetric maps in along the line of latitude at 35ºN. Over 2…

OOMG Teaches Weddington Middle Schoolers About Oceanography

Approximately 250 eighth grade students from Weddington Middle School (near Charlotte, NC) began their three-day field trip to NC’s Outer Banks with a marine science presentation by OOMG scientists at NC State University’s James B. Hunt, Jr. Library. On March 29, graduate student Laura McGee, Lab Manager Jennifer Warrillow, and Research Assistant Professor Joe Zambon introduced the students to their research in…

CNAPS Prediction for This Weekend’s Winter Storm

A major winter storm is expected to impact the southeast US and the Triangle region of North Carolina this evening into Saturday morning and afternoon.  As with most winter storm events of this magnitude and in this region, a serious concern is not the amount of precipitation, but precipitation type.  The impact of this event will be strongly influenced by the timing of the…

Winter Break Outreach

OOMG Postdoc Joe Zambon took some time away from visiting family over the winter break to talk to a group of 40 students at Victor Junior High School in Victor, NY.  Teachers and administrators invited Joe to speak to the school’s Young Women’s Leadership and The Young Men’s Leadership Groups comprised of students aged 10-14.  These groups have been formed for interested students to…

Science Outreach to Local Schools

OOMG member Laura McGee visited Mrs. Schuman’s 5th grade math class at Briarcliff Elementary to give a talk on hurricanes.  She used the Coupled Northwest Atlantic Prediction System (CNAPS) forecast of Hurricane Matthew to illustrate the low pressure, high wind, and high wave conditions that occur in hurricanes, and to show the relative accuracy of ocean models to observations. The students asked…

Coffee and Viz Presentation at Hunt Library, NCSU

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Roy He and Ben Johnson presented a seminar on ocean forecasting with OOMG’s CNAPS model at NCSU’s Hunt Library on October 14, 2016. In the Coffee and Viz seminar series, researchers use the Teaching and Visualization Lab’s 270 degrees of screen to envelop the audience with dynamic images of state-of-the-art research. Roy explained the steps involved in creating a model and how…

OOMG Science Available to Teachers Via SciREN

SciREN @ NC MUseum

Lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high schoolers based on OOMG‘s CNAPS model are now available for free to the public through the Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN). SciREN helps scientists make lesson plans from their current work, and helps teachers get current science into their classrooms. OOMG members Laura McGee prepared a lesson plan titled “Looking at Hurricanes in the Northwest…