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BIO Coffee Talks: December 2018

Who: Jody Klymak

University of Victoria

What: Measuring sub-mesoscale lateral stirring

Oceanography is at an exciting time where numerical predictions and at-sea observations are approaching similar scales of resolution. This is an opportunity for better synergy between the two approaches, but also a challenge because traditional numerical parameterizations, developed for coarser models, need to be rethought as the resolution of the models becomes finer. A particular challenge is accounting properly for the processes that cause lateral mixing in the ocean, thought to be dominated by eddy stirring. The mixing acts on large-scale gradients on the scale of ocean basins, is driven by instability of the ocean currents, and finally cascades to turbulence at scales of centimeters, scales that will always be parameterized. This problem is important for predicting not just the heat and salt content of the ocean, but also biological tracers that are harder to include in data assimilation.

In this talk I outline efforts my group has participated in to observe both the processes that drive lateral mixing, and to quantify lateral turbulence using statistical approaches. Observationally, this is a difficult problem because the scales we measure are hard to cover quickly with a ship, and because the signatures of lateral stirring are often overwhelmed by internal wave signals. Our approach is to use in-situ ship observations using a fast-profiled CTD and the ship's ADCP, couple those observations with float and drifter data, and compare to numerical simulations to better understand the processes that drive lateral mixing, with an eye to parameterizing them in high-resolution models. I will also briefly discuss plans to augment these ship-based studies with glider observations on the west coast.

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Where: 2pm, Needler Boardroom, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Who: Stephen Parsons

Bedford Institute of Oceanography

What: Near Shore Mapping Activities of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) in Support of the Ocean Protection Plan (OPP)

The CHS is currently undertaking a major near shore mapping campaign to help improve hydrographic knowledge in poorly surveyed areas of Canada and to facilitate safety to navigation through the updating of charts and other nautical publications. The near shore program endeavors to leverage private sector involvement and utilize CHS resources to conduct both multibeam acoustic surveys and bathymetric lidar surveys in identified priority areas across Canada. The use of remote sensing satellite imagery to determine bathymetry is also an important element in the program and is providing important hydrographic information in difficult to access surveys areas and coastal zones that experience rapid change. This presentation will explain the technological toolkit that the CHS is currently using to map thousands of kilometers of the Canadian coastal zone, describe the types of hydrographic data being collected and provide an overview of the project, including present and future mapping objectives.

When: Friday, December 7, 2018

Where: 10am, Needler Boardroom, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


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