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HMSC Research Seminar - Watching Beneath the Waves: Ocean Observing in the Northern California Current

Speaker: Jack Barth,  Marine Studies Initiative Executive Director, Professor, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Topic: Watching Beneath the Waves: Ocean Observing in the Northern California Current

Abstract: The northern California Current System is ever changing on time scales from seconds to decades. By observing the ocean, patterns and anomalies from them become evident and change can be placed in context. To complement ship- and satellite-based ocean observing, we have designed, constructed, installed, and are operating a variety of ocean observing platforms off Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. These include underwater observatories linked by cable to shore or connected via cell phones and/or satellite communications on surface buoys. New platforms include underwater gliders and vertically profiling moorings, all hosting both time-honored and new oceanographic sensors. I’ll give a brief history of the creation and operations of the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s (OOI) Endurance Array off Oregon, funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as describe NANOOS, the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Examples using data from the observatories highlight the power of ocean observatories for helping us keep track of Oregon’s dynamic ocean.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Hatfield Marine Science Center, Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365

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Hatfield Marine Science Center
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Itchung Cheung

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