Problem-Oriented Research

This physical oceanography group works closely with biologists, chemists, atmospheric scientists, coastal engineers, landscape modelers, and other environmental scientists to attack questions that reach across disciplines. Some examples of cross disciplinary teams brought together to understand the earth system:

Bio-physical Interactions in the Turbidity Maximum - BITMAX

The interdisciplinary study Bio-physical Interactions in the Turbidity Maximum (BITMAX) is underway to investigate fundamental physical and biological processes in the Estuarine Turbidity Maximum (ETM) of Chesapeake Bay. It is hypothesized that the ETM entraps sediment particles and planktonic organisms which in turn support enhanced zooplankton production and growth and survival of young anadromous fish.

BITMAX Principal Investigators:

Trophic Interactions in Estuarine Systems -TIES

The project Trophic Interactions in Estuarine Systems (TIES) uses Chesapeake Bay to investigate mechanisms controlling secondary production in estuarine ecosystems.

TIES Principal Investigators:

Potential Influences of Riverine and Aeolian Inputs to the Tropical Atlantic - PIRANA

Potential Influences of Riverine and Aeolean Inputs to the Tropical Atlantic (PIRANA) brings together biologists, atmospheric and oceanic chemists, and physical oceanographers to understand how the interacting components of riverine and atmospheric dust inputs to the western tropical Atlantic Ocean create a system of unparalleled high productivity.

PIRANA Principal Investigators: