Oceanography of the Continental Shelf and Slope: Pioneer Array Science Workshop

June 4-5, 2012
School for Marine Science and Technology
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

(Funded by an MGHPCC Seed Fund 2012 grant to John Marshall, Pierre Lermusiaux, Amala Mahadevan and Amit Tandon.)

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Monday June 4th 2012

Review Talks
Session Chairs: Gordon Zhang and John Marshall

8:15 am Breakfast at SMAST
8:45 am Logistical remarks, Amit Tandon; Welcome by Steve Lohrenz
9:00-9:45 am Glen Gawarkiewicz (Pioneer Array and science questions)
9:45-10:15 am Ken Brink (Review PO of shelf break front and budgets)
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:00 am Pierre Lermusiaux (Modeling of shelf break front)
11:00-11:30 am Amala Mahadevan (Biogeochemistry review/questions)
11:30-12:10 am James Edson (Shelf break front: atmospheric forcing/air-sea interaction)
12:10-1:40 Lunch
Review Talks (cont'd.)
1:40- 2:10 pm Henrik Schmidt/Arjuna Balasuriya (Data from Pioneer Array)
2:10-3:30 pm 5-minute science talks by all participants.  Session Moderators: Steve Lentz and Amala Mahadevan
3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-5:00 pm 5-minute science talks, freewheeling discussion and questions by all participants Session Moderators:Steve Lentz and Amala Mahadevan.
5:00-5:30 pm Summarize emerging discussions into themes: Glen Gawarkiewicz, and Changshen Chen
5:30 pm Depart for Ocean Explorium (174 Union Street, New Bedford)
6:00-8:30 pm Science on a Sphere exhibit; Introduction to the Explorium by Mark Smith, followed by workshop dinner atthe Ocean Explorium
Tuesday June 5th 2012
8:15 am Breakfast at SMAST

(Please note that the following is just a straw man to be modified, collectively, as the discussion progresses on Monday. Questions other than the ones below may come up. The “categories” devised below may need less or more discussion time and we can adjust this. The agenda is very flexible and open, and the following is open to modification. )

Examples of overarching theme questions:

  1. What are the rate-controlling processes that govern the exchange of properties (both physical and biogeochemical) between the shelf and the open ocean, across the shelf-break front as a function of different time scales? What is the influence of upstream variability and larger scale effects on these? What is the role of extreme events (e.g. winter storms and hurricanes)? What is the relative role of – two-dimensional overturning circulation vs. submesoscale nonlinear instabilities (eddies/meanders) vs. large scale features such as WCR interaction with the Shelf-break front? What is the role of air-sea interaction and meteorological forcing?
  2. What is the impact of these on the ecology and biogeochemical cycling? On the abundance distribution and biodiversity of phytoplankton?
  3. How will the Pioneer array help answer the above questions – what needs to be supplemented in terms of data, theory and modeling to get at these questions?
9:00-9:30 am
Thoughts on modeling infrastructure in support of the pioneer array: Overview by John Marshall, Pierre Lermusiauxand Changshen Chen
9:30-10:00 am Observations by the Array and Remote Sensing, Part-1: Wendell Brown, Anthony Kirincich and Jim Bisagni; notetaker, Jean-Baptiste
10:00-10:30 am Observations by the Array and Remote Sensing, Part-II:Ken Brink and Tim Duda; notetaker, Robert Todd
10:30-11:00 am Modeling Discussion, Part 1:Chris Hill and Avijit Gangopadhyay; notetaker, Mike Whitney
11:00-11:30 am Modeling Discussion, Part 2 (Prediction/Assimilation?): Changsheng Chen and Pierre Lermusiaux; notetaker, Amit Tandon
11:30 am-12 noon Implications for Biology : Heidi Sosik and Gordon Zhang;  notetaker, Amala Mahadevan
12 noon-2:00 pm Lunch and informal discussion in breakout groups
2:00-3:30 pm More Discussion: to be finalized depending on participant feedback.
3:30-4:00 pm Proposal targets and timelines


List of participants

  1.  Andres, Magdalena, WHOI
  2.  Bisagni, James, UMass Dartmouth
  3.  Brink, Ken, WHOI
  4.  Brown, Wendell, UMass Dartmouth
  5.  Chen, Changsheng, UMass Dartmouth
  6.  Duda, Tim, WHOI
  7.  Edson, James, UConn Avery Point
  8.  Francis, Jennifer, IMCS Rutgers
  9.  Flierl, Glenn, MIT
  10. Gangopadhyay, Avijit, UMass Dartmouth
  11. Gawarkiewicz, Glen, WHOI
  12. Gilet, Jean-Baptiste, WHOI
  13. Hare, Jon, NOAA (presented by Glen G)
  14. Hill, Chris, MIT
  15. Kirincich, Anthony, WHOI
  16. Lentz, Steven, WHOI
  17. Lermusiaux, Pierre, MIT
  18. Lohrenz, Steve, UMass Dartmouth
  19. Mahadevan, Amala, WHOI
  20. Marshall, John, MIT
  21. Ramachandran, Sanjiv, UMass Dartmouth
  22. Schmidt, Henrik, MIT
  23. Sosik, Heidi, WHOI
  24. Tandon, Amit, UMass Dartmouth
  25. Todd, Robert, WHOI
  26. Whitney, Mike, UConn Avery Point
  27. Zhang, Gordon, WHOI


(Olivia Farinha and Nick Moniz: Support Staff for Day 01)
(Susan Silva and Nick Moniz: Support Staff for Day 02)

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