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Coastal Ocean Modeling
Gordon Research Conference

Modeling Coastal Marine Circulation and Physics and the Environmental Processes that They Influence
Note: This conference is currently known as "Coastal Ocean Dynamics".

Dates

June 7-12, 2015

Location

University of New England
Biddeford, ME

Organizers

Chair:
John L. Wilkin

Vice Chair:
Ruoying He

Meeting Description

The Coastal Ocean Modeling GRC features novel and recent developments in the application of numerical modeling and simulation to understanding coastal ocean processes and furthering our capabilities for their prediction. In this context, the "coastal ocean" encompasses estuarine, littoral zone, continental shelf, and shelf-break regions, and processes that drive exchanges between coastal waters and the adjacent deep-ocean or marginal seas. Topics of interest extend to modeling the interactions between ocean circulation and the biosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere.

In 2015, the session themes are Sub-mesoscale Processes and Internal Waves, Near-shore and Estuarine Processes, Boundary Layer Dynamics, Probabilistic Approaches and Risk Assessment, Advanced Numerical Methods, State Estimation and Data Assimilation, Climate Change in the Coastal Ocean, Physics-ecosystem Interactions, and Ice shelf/Sea-ice Modeling.

The conference program comprises invited talks followed by ample discussion time to enable attendees to explore implications of the material presented. Talks are scheduled in the morning and evening only, leaving the afternoon open for informal gathering to promote cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and collaborations, and facilitate interaction between established researchers, students, and early career scientists. Poster sessions are an integral part of the Conference and all attendees are strongly encouraged to prepare one or more posters.

Program Committee: Ruoying He, John Wilkin, Jacqueline McSweeney, Erika McPhee-Shaw, John Allen, Hans Burchard, Pierre De Mey, Katja Fennel, Rob Hetland and Brian Powell.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Coastal Ocean Modeling" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmBoundary Layer Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Erika McPhee-Shaw (Western Washington University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmJames Girton (University of Washington, USA)
"Observational Insights on the Energetics of Drag and Mixing: From Abyssal Gravity Currents to the Wind-Driven Surface Layer"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmTobias Kukulka (University of Delaware, USA)
"Ocean Surface Boundary Layers Under Tropical Cyclones"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSub-Mesoscale Processes and Internal Waves
Discussion Leader: Robert Hetland (Texas A&M University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amBaylor Fox-Kemper (Brown University, USA)
"Submesoscale Dynamics - Fronts, Eddies, Instabilities, and Their Interactions with Surface Waves"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amWeifeng (Gordon) Zhang (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
"Super- and Sub-inertial Dynamics at the Edge of the Mid-Atlantic Bight Continental Shelf"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmAnnalisa Bracco (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Submesoscale Processes and Ocean Transport at Surface and Depth: The Case of the Gulf of Mexico"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIce Shelf and Sea Ice Modeling
Discussion Leader: John Wilkin (Rutgers University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmBen Galton-Fenzi (Australian Antarctic Division, Australia)
"Modelling the Response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to Ocean Forcing for Improved Sea-Level Projections"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmJean-Francois Lemieux (Environment Canada, Canada)
"A Basal Stress Parameterization for Modeling Landfast Ice"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmAdvanced Numerical Methods
Discussion Leader: Hans Burchard (Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemunde, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:40 amAlistair Adcroft (Princeton University, USA)
"Coordinate-Free Modeling and Resolution-Independent Topography"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amMike Herzfeld (CSIRO, Australia)
"Revisiting Open Boundary Conditions for Regional Ocean Models"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJoseph Zhang (Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, USA)
"Recent Development of Unstructured-Grid Models for Oceans, Estuaries and Rivers"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmState Estimation and Data Assimilation
Discussion Leader: Brian Powell (University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmHans Ngodock (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
"A Representer Based Four Dimensional Variational Method for Weak Constraints Assimilation in the Free-Surface Navy Coastal Ocean Model (NCOM): Development, Demonstration, Validation and Operational Im"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmPeter Oke (CSIRO, Australia)
"Practical Data Assimilation: Ocean Forecasting by Hook or by Crook"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNear-Shore and Estuarine Processes
Discussion Leader: Jacqueline McSweeney (Rutgers University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amNeil Ganju (US Geological Survey, USA)
"Give them Tides: Hydrodynamic Modeling to Inform Ecological Research"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amSarah Giddings (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA)
"Capturing the Dynamics of Ocean-Estuarine Interactions"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmHenk Schuttelaars (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Mechanisms Driving Hyperturbid Estuaries"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmProbabilistic Approaches
Discussion Leader: Pierre De Mey (CNRS/LEGOS, France)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMichael Dowd (Dalhousie University, Canada)
"Bayesian Statistical Data Assimilation"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
Late-Breaking Topics: Shelf Ocean Interaction and Exchange with the Adjacent Deep Sea
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmJohn Wilkin (Rutgers University, USA)
"Shelf Ocean Interaction and Exchange with the Adjacent Deep Sea"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmJack Barth (Oregon State University, USA)
"Shelf-Deep Ocean Exchange: Some Thoughts from the Left Coast"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmRuoying He (North Carolina State University, USA)
"Understanding and Predicting Shelf-Ocean Interaction and Exchange - U.S. East Coast Examples"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmMelanie Fewings (University of Connecticut, USA)
"Feedbacks Between Sea-Surface Temperature and Wind Stress - Can Your Model Do That?"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPhysics / Ecosystem Interactions
Discussion Leader: Parker MacCready (University of Washington, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJorn Bruggeman (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom)
"Towards Custom Built Models for Water and Sediment Biogeochemistry Based on Reusable Components"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amSamantha Siedlecki (University of Washington, USA)
"Predicting Hypoxia and Ocean Acidification in Coastal Waters: What Do We Know and What Can We Expect?"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmClaire Paris (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, USA)
"New Insights on Modeling Larval Life in Moving Fluids: Hydrodynamics, Cues, and Navigation"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmClimate Change in the Coastal Ocean
Discussion Leader: Ruoying He (North Carolina State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMarkus Meier (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden)
"Challenges for Regional Climate Modeling"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmSamantha Stevenson (University of Hawaii, USA)
"The El Nino/Southern Oscillation Impact on Coral Reefs"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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