Welcome to the COAST Lab

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.

Construction is over!

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: 

Now hiring: Research & Development Engineer I

The COAST Lab is hiring an entry-level engineer to support our ARPA-e and LTER projects. The ideal candidate has skills and/or interest in: boats, robotics, oceanography, and/or data analysis… See the job ad below and contact nidzieko@ucsb.edu with questions. jobs.ucsb.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=192462

Marine fluids faculty position in Mechanical Engineering

IGPMS and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are accepting applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor level position focused on marine fluid mechanics. See the details here: https://me.ucsb.edu/two-full-time-faculty-positions-tenure-track-assistant-professor-level-mechanical-engineering Deadline is December 15.

Undergrad Meeting on Oct. 26

The COAST Lab is looking for eager undergraduate workers for the 2017-18 Academic Year! Our main project this year is the design, construction, and testing of a launch and recovery platform for autonomous underwater vehicles. We’re holding an information session on Thursday, October 26 at 7PM in the Marine Science Auditorium (MSRB 1302).

The role of waves in air-sea momentum exchange

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.

SBC LTER glider Olly

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.