The Coastal Oceanography & Autonomous Systems Lab at UCSB is run by Dr. Nick Nidzieko in the Department of Geography. Our goal is to advance knowledge of how physical processes affect marine ecosystems. We seek to make novel measurements using autonomous platforms and emerging sensor technology.
Check out Nick’s new paper in PNAS, applying explanations of organismal metabolic scaling to estuarine ecosystem metabolism. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/06/06/1719963115/tab-article-info The paper explores an observation that larger estuaries tend to have a lower specific metabolism than smaller estuaries. This can be explained in terms of nonlinear changes in residence time: estuaries vary in size by nearly ten…
After six months of construction (and nearly three years in the waiting), we’re moving into our new digs in Ellison 1620! There’s a ceiling mounted gantry crane, huge roll-up door, fabrication space (drill press, band saw, 3D printer), and lights! (No more flood lamps!) Before and after:
Another part of Dr. Fisher’s dissertation is out in JPO. Careful analysis of high-resolution water velocity and wind stress data in Chesapeake Bay points to the importance of the alignment between wind and waves for momentum transfer across the air-sea interface.
Olly went astray trying to maintain a shallow line along the coast near Arroyo Burro beach, so we had to go out and give him a ride back with Resonance.