COAWST Training at NCSU

COAWST training group

The biennial COAWST Modeling System Training was held in James B. Hunt Library at NC State University from February 25-28, 2019. Over 100 researchers attended in person or on line to learn more about the Couped Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport Model System. Developers and expert users of WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting model, the atmospheric component), SWAN (Simulating WAves Near shore, the wave component), and ROMS…

National Academies Award Grant to Study Loop Current

map with current vectors of Loop Current in Gulf of Mexico

Dr. Ruoying He and the Ocean Observing and Modeling Group has been awarded a major grant as part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine investigation of the Gulf of Mexico’s Loop Current. OOMG’s numerical modeling project is the largest of eight new projects that will advance our understanding of the Loop Current using a multifaceted approach that includes modeling, adding…

Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor Awards Ceremony

Roy He and the Goodnights

Four NCSU College of Sciences faculty members were honored as Goodnight Innovative Distinguished faculty in a ceremony on 26 November 2018. Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder and CEO of SAS, and his wife Ann are long-time supporters of NC State, generously donating to the university. Dr. Goodnight is an NCSU alumnus. Goodnight Innovative faculty honored a the ceremony were Drs. Phil Castellano, Harald…

COAWST Workshop 2019 At NCSU

COAWST workshop

Dr. Roy He, head of OOMG, and Dr. John Warner of the U.S. Geological Survey will co-host a workshop on the Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport (COAWST) numerical model in February 2019. The workshop will be four days of intensive instruction in the capabilities, applications, and operations of the COAWST coupled modeling system. Instructors include the developers of the modeling components as well as expert…

Kenan Institute Renews Support of OOMG

Kenan Institute at NCSU logo

The Kenan Institute of Engineering, Technology, and Science (KIETS) at NC State University has generously continued their funding support of OOMG’s research on Dynamical Model Downscaling of Climate Change and Its Impacts on Marine Environmental Conditions Off North Carolina for a second year. This support leverages other funding on physical oceanographic processes around Cape Hatteras, NC and will enable OOMG to increase the resolution of fine-scale…

Ruoying He Named Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor

Ruoying He with ocean model images

OOMG director Dr. Ruoying He was honored to be named a Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor this month. He received the honor for his contributions to oceanography and to NC State University’s College of Sciences.  Dr. He has been awarded numerous research grants for his work in oceanography, pursued strategic national and international collaborations, served on scientific and editorial boards, published widely, and mentored many students and…

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…

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

publication cover

“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…