Lecture: Swimming Through Swirls: Observing Ribbons and Rings of Ocean Circulation Autonomously
Date: October 14, 2018
Sunday, October 14
Dr. Charles Eriksen
Professor, School of Oceanography, University of Washington
The Fort Worden Chapel
(students, teachers FREE)
Charlie Eriksen has helped change the way the ocean is observed, from top to bottom and shore to shore. His research group invented the Seaglider and Deepglider underwater vehicles. Scarcely six feet long, these autonomous vehicles swim thousands of miles while taking the pulse of ocean circulation: its temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, currents and biological properties. Eriksen deploys these robots to examine the undersea world of intense currents, where explosive turbulence and small subsurface waves interact with the global circulation. Together with students and colleagues, he has discovered new pathways for circulation in the far north, described the Gulf Stream and its deep relatives, and probed the structure of ubiquitous ocean eddies. Phytoplankton blooms revealed by these explorations feed the large mammals near Greenland and Iceland, and are keys to the up-and-down successes of major fisheries. Eriksen is Professor in the School of Oceanography at University of Washington and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
This is the first installment of The Future of Oceans lecture series.
This event is offered with generous support by the Darrow Family.
Assisted Listening Devices available