The Rutgers Coastal Ocean Observation Lab's Ocean Observatories class hosted famed explorer Fabien Cousteau monday night. The class presented their concept maps outlining the research they plan to do over the course of the semester on either the Mid Atlantic Bight, Western Antarctic Penninsula or the Challenger Mission.
The American Meteorological Society has awarded the 2013 Francis W. Reichelderfer Award to Doug Wilson, of Annapolis, MD. The recently retired NOAA oceanographer led the development and growth of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System from 2006-2012 while at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. The AMS Francis W. Reichelderfer Award is given in recognition of distinguished contributions to the provision of operational environmental services to the public.
Over the past few years we’ve made a habit of flying gliders during extreme weather events, whether we intended to or not. In 2009 we had 4 gliders deployed when tropical storm Ida merged with a nor’easter and skirted along the coast of the Northeast. In 2011 Hurricane Irene sped through the Mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB) bringing high winds and torrential downpours to the region. We again had two gliders deployed.
Dr. Louis Uccellini - Director, National Weather Service National Centers for Environmental Prediction visited Rutgers University and presented "National Centers for Environmental Prediction: Entering a New Era in Earth System Prediction "from the Sun to the Sea"" talk.
Yesterday was quite an amazing day. First off, I would just like to acknowledge that yesterday, May 22, was National Maritime Day where in the US we honor those who are dedicated to promoting commerce and protecting our freedom.
Secondly, the company SpaceX launched its first commercial space craft, carrying cargo to the international space station, taking a huge step towards regular space travel post NASA's Shuttle Program.
This month’s image comes courtesy of glider RU10, which was deployed by Rutgers University undergraduates Shannon Harrison and Dave Kaminksy. The glider was deployed out of Tuckerton, NJ on the Endurance Line from March 23, 2012 to April 10, 2012 and was equipped with a fluorometer that measures the amount of chlorophyll in the water. Chlorophyll a is a pigment found in all phytoplankton and oceanographers use it to measure the concentration of phytoplankton in the ocean.