Our lab studies the physics of the coastal ocean and its interaction with the atmosphere.
The field observations we use come from moored underwater instruments, ships, piers, surface buoys, and satellites. We use the observations together with simple models to conduct process studies of the fluid dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere. We study water circulation on continental shelves driven by wind, waves, and tides; heating and cooling of the ocean by atmospheric turbulence and radiation; buoyant coastal currents; coastal-trapped waves; wind-driven upwelling and upwelling relaxation; synoptic weather systems and how they interact with land masses to determine coastal wind patterns; and the implications of these physical processes for larval transport, nutrient supply, and carbon uptake in coastal ecosystems including eastern boundary upwelling systems, coral reefs, kelp forests, and salt marshes; and how marine heat waves are modified by coastal topography and winds. For more details, see the projects listed under the Research tab.