SIO 219: Observational Oceanography Seminar

Fall Quarter 2008:

Topic:High Latitude Processes

Instructor: Sarah Gille
Location: OAR Conference Room.
Time: Fridays, 12:00-1:00

Course evaluations (Nov 24-Dec 7):

A compilation of suggested readings.





26 Sep
Organizational meeting

3 Oct
Northern High Latitudes: Introduction
Gabriela Chavez and Marissa Yates
Perovich, D.K., Richter-Menge, J.A., Jones, K.F., 2008. Sunlight, water, and ice: Extreme Arctic sea ice melt during the summer of 2007. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L11501, doi: 10.1029/2008GL034007.
10 Oct
Southern High Latitudes: Introduction
Sylvia Cole and San Nguyen
Meredith M. P. and A. M. Hogg, 2006. Circumpolar response of Southern Ocean eddy activity to a change in the Southern Annular Mode, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L16608, doi:10.1029/2006GL026499.

17 Oct (special time: 10 am)
Circulation and Freshwater Balance of the Arctic Ocean
Kyla Drushka and Yvonne Firing
Peterson, B. J., J. McClelland, R. Curry, R. M. Holmes, J. E. Walsh, and K. Aagaard, 2006. Trajectory Shifts in the Arctic and Subarctic Freshwater Cycle, Science, 313, 1061-1066.

24 Oct
No meeting:
International Meeting of Students in Physical Oceanography

31 Oct
Ice-Shelf--Ocean Interactions Around Antarctica
Jamie Holte
Jacobs, S. S., C. F. Giulivi, P. A. Mele, 2002. Freshening of the Ross Sea During the Late 20th Century, Science, 297, 386-389.
7 Nov
Polynyas and the Southern Annular Mode Xue Fan and Kaushik Srinivasan
Gordon, A. L., M. Visbeck, and J. C. Comiso, 2007. A Possible Link between the Weddell Polynya and the Southern Annular Mode, J. Climate, 20, 2558-2571.
14 Nov
Water Masses in the Scotia Sea
SungYong Kim and Marina Frants

Meredith, M. P., A. C. Naveira Garabato, A. L. Gordon, and G. C. Johnson, 2008. Evolution of the Deep and Bottom Waters of the Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean, during 1995–2005, J. Climate, 21, 3327-3343.
21 Nov
New technology: elephant seals and Southern Ocean frontal structure
Robert Todd and Gordy Stephenson Charrassin, J.-B., M. Hindell, S. R. Rintoul, et al., 2008. Southern Ocean frontal structure and sea-ice formation rates revealed by elephant seals, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 105, 11634-11639.
28 Nov
No meeting: Thanksgiving Break

5 Dec
AGU Practice Talks/Posters
Yvonne Firing, Kyla Drushka, Jamie Holte, and Marissa Yates
abstracts in pdf form
12 Dec
Exam Week
AGU Practice Talks/Posters

Marina Frants, Sylvia Cole, Gordy Stephenson, and Robert Todd
abstracts in pdf form

The observational seminar meets on Friday from 12:00-1:00 during the academic quarters, in the OAR Conference Room. (We used to meet in Nierenberg Hall 400, until the group grew too big.) The seminar is open to all. It is a forum for informal discussion of current literature on observational aspects of physical oceanography and for presentation of individuals' work in progress. The subject matter for each quarter is determined by the participants, weighted towards the preferences of the enrolled students. Observational oceanography is often most successful when it is grounded in theory and models and when it makes use of a broad range of data products (including historic data and satellite observations in addition to recent in situ measurements). We therefore cast a broad net in considering appropriate topics for the seminar.

Reading each week is chosen to complement the topic. Normally the reading can be downloaded from UCSD's electronic reserves or directly from the journal. Readings that are not available electronically are placed in the NH reading room.

Enrolled students are expected to come prepared to participate in discussions and ask questions based on the reading material.

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