Our group studies the dynamics of the coastal ocean and atmosphere. We use data from moored underwater instruments, weather buoys, ships, and satellites. Some specific areas of interest are:

  • Water circulation on continental shelves
  • The effect of turbulence and radiation on heat exchange between the ocean and atmosphere, including the generation of marine heat waves
  • Buoyant coastal currents
  • Coastal-trapped waves
  • Wind-driven coastal upwelling and relaxation
  • The effect of synoptic weather systems on coastal oceans

We are also interested in how these processes affect coastal ecosystems. How do coastal currents affect larval transport, nutrient transport, and carbon uptake? How do the coastal currents, water temperature anomalies, and air-sea fluxes interact with coral reefs, kelp forests, salt marshes, and fisheries ecosystems? Our job is to answer these questions.