The Department is a major center for research in fluid mechanics, coastal processes, ocean mixing, acoustics, air-sea interaction, deep submergence, ocean systems and moorings, remote sensing, robotics, certain biological processes, image processing, signal processing and estimation, control theory, and the dynamics of ocean cables.

Recent Submissions

  • Long-path quantum cascade laser–based sensor for methane measurements 

    Michel, Anna P. M.; Miller, David J.; Sun, Kang; Tao, Lei; Stanton, Levi; Zondlo, Mark A. (American Meteorological Society, 2016-11-01)
    A long-path methane (CH4) sensor was developed and field deployed using an 8-μm quantum cascade laser. The high optical power (40 mW) of the laser allowed for path-integrated measurements of ambient CH4 at total pathlengths ...
  • Woods Hole FORTH 

    Akens, John J. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1984-12)
    Woods Hole FORTH, called WFORTH, is a real time language for the RCA 1806 microprocessor. It follows the fig-FORTH standard, and is used by Alvin for data acquisition and display tasks, plus playback and processing tasks ...
  • Pressure field induced in the water column by acoustic-gravity waves generated from sea bottom motion 

    Oliveira, Tiago C. A.; Kadri, Usama (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-10-24)
    An uplift of the ocean bottom caused by a submarine earthquake can trigger acoustic-gravity waves that travel at near the speed of sound in water and thus may act as early tsunami precursors. We study the spatiotemporal ...
  • Observations and modeling of a tidal inlet dye tracer plume 

    Feddersen, Falk; Olabarrieta, Maitane; Guza, R. T.; Winters, Dylan; Raubenheimer, Britt; Elgar, Steve (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-10-24)
    A 9 km long tracer plume was created by continuously releasing Rhodamine WT dye for 2.2 h during ebb tide within the southern edge of the main tidal channel at New River Inlet, NC on 7 May 2012, with highly obliquely ...
  • Photogrammetry of blue whales with an unmanned hexacopter 

    Durban, John W.; Moore, Michael J.; Chiang, Gustavo; Hickmott, Leigh S.; Bocconcelli, Alessandro; Howes, Gloria; Bahamonde, Paulina A.; Perryman, Wayne L.; LeRoi, Donald J. (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-05-06)
    Baleen whales are the largest animals ever to live on earth, and many populations were hunted close to extinction in the 20th century (Clapham et al. 1999). Their recovery is now a key international conservation goal, ...
  • Performance analysis of time-delay estimation systems 

    Weinstein, Ehud (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1984-08)
    This is the second part of a study which deals with the problem of passive time delay estimation. The focus here is on systems employing wideband signals and/or arrays of very widely separated receivers. A modified ...
  • A miniature urethane molded acoustic transducer 

    Dunn, Christopher V. R. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1984-08)
    The development of a reliable miniature molded transducer for the Williams/Koehler acoustic current meter, BASS (Benthic Acoustic Stress Sensor) ls documented. The procedures developed and components selected for ...
  • Evaluation of an acoustic remote sensing method for frontal-zone studies using double-diffusive instability microstructure data and density interface data from intrusions 

    Duda, Timothy F.; Lavery, Andone C.; Sellers, Cynthia J. (Elsevier, 2016-10-19)
    Understanding intrusive exchange at oceanic water mass fronts may depend on building data-constrained models of the processes, but obtaining the needed representative and comprehensive data is challenging. Acoustic imaging ...
  • Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for heavy metal detection in a sand matrix 

    Michel, Anna P. M.; Sonnichsen, Frederick (2016-09-21)
    Sediments in many locations, including harbors and coastal areas, can become contaminated and polluted, for example, from anthropogenic inputs, shipping, human activities, and poor waste management. Sampling followed by ...
  • The contribution of physical processes to inter-annual variations of hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay : a 30-yr modeling study 

    Scully, Malcolm E. (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-07-29)
    A numerical circulation model with a very simple representation of dissolved oxygen dynamics is used to simulate hypoxia in Chesapeake Bay for the 30-yr period 1984–2013. The model assumes that the biological utilization ...
  • Subaqueous cryptodome eruption, hydrothermal activity and related seafloor morphologies on the andesitic North Su volcano 

    Thal, Janis; Tivey, Maurice A.; Yoerger, Dana R.; Bach, Wolfgang (2016-04-28)
    North Su is a double-peaked active andesite submarine volcano located in the eastern Manus Basin of the Bismarck Sea that reaches a depth of 1154 m. It hosts a vigorous and varied hydrothermal system with black and white ...
  • Mesoscale modulation of air-sea CO2 flux in Drake Passage 

    Song, Hajoon; Marshall, John; Munro, David R.; Dutkiewicz, Stephanie; Sweeney, Colm; McGillicuddy, Dennis J.; Hausmann, Ute (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-09-10)
    We investigate the role of mesoscale eddies in modulating air-sea CO2 flux and associated biogeochemical fields in Drake Passage using in situ observations and an eddy-resolving numerical model. Both observations and model ...
  • Comment: On phytoplankton perception by calanoid copepods 

    Paffenhöfer, Gustav-Adolf; Jiang, Houshuo (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-03-26)
    Three publications recently reported that calanoid copepods, feeding on phytoplankton cells by using a feeding current, perceived such cells by mechanoperception. There was no evidence of remote chemically-mediated perception ...
  • Evolution of a Canada Basin ice-ocean boundary layer and mixed layer across a developing thermodynamically forced marginal ice zone 

    Gallaher, Shawn; Stanton, Timothy P.; Shaw, William J.; Cole, Sylvia T.; Toole, John M.; Wilkinson, Jeremy P.; Maksym, Ted; Hwang, Byongjun (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-08-22)
    A comprehensive set of autonomous, ice-ocean measurements were collected across the Canada Basin to study the summer evolution of the ice-ocean boundary layer (IOBL) and ocean mixed layer (OML). Evaluation of local heat ...
  • Emerging trends in the sea state of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas 

    Thomson, James M.; Fan, Yalin; Stammerjohn, Sharon E.; Stopa, Justin; Rogers, W. Erick; Girard-Ardhuin, Fanny; Ardhuin, Fabrice; Shen, Hayley; Perrie, Will; Shen, Hui; Ackley, Steve; Babanin, Alexander; Liu, Qingxiang; Guest, Peter; Maksym, Ted; Wadhams, Peter; Fairall, Christopher W.; Persson, Ola; Doble, Martin; Graber, Hans C.; Lund, Bjoern; Squire, Vernon; Gemmrich, Johannes; Lehner, Susanne; Holt, Benjamin; Meylan, Michael; Brozena, John; Bidlot, Jean-Raymond (Elsevier, 2016-07-06)
    The sea state of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas is controlled by the wind forcing and the amount of ice-free water available to generate surface waves. Clear trends in the annual duration of the open water season and in the ...
  • Mixing of dissolved oxygen in Chesapeake Bay driven by the interaction between wind-driven circulation and estuarine bathymetry 

    Scully, Malcolm E. (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-08-08)
    Field observations collected in Chesapeake Bay demonstrate how wind-driven circulation interacts with estuarine bathymetry to control when and where the vertical mixing of dissolved oxygen occurs. In the across-Bay direction, ...
  • Mesopelagic respiration near the ESTOC (European Station for Time-Series in the Ocean, 15.5°W, 29.1°N) site inferred from a tracer conservation model 

    Fernández Castro, Bieito; Arístegui, Javier; Anderson, Lawrence; Montero, Maria F.; Hernández-León, Santiago; Marañón, Emilio; Mouriño-Carballido, Beatriz (2016-05-23)
    Remineralization of organic matter in the mesopelagic zone (ca. 150–700 m) is a key controlling factor of carbon export to the deep ocean. By using a tracer conservation model applied to climatological data of oxygen, ...
  • Description of surface transport in the region of the Belizean Barrier Reef based on observations and alternative high-resolution models 

    Lindo-Atichati, David; Curcic, Milan; Paris, Claire B.; Buston, Peter M. (2016-09)
    The gains from implementing high-resolution versus less costly low-resolution models to describe coastal circulation are not always clear, often lacking statistical evaluation. Here we construct a hierarchy of ocean-atmosphere ...
  • Bottom-mounted profiling winch 

    Walden, Robert G.; Collins, Clayton W. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1984-03)
    A winch has been developed which can be free-dropped to the ocean bottom in full ocean depths. The winch is powered by self-contained batteries and can be programmed to cycle self-recording instruments from close to the ...
  • Undersea acoustic research 

    Spindel, Robert C. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1984-01)
    This is the final report of Contract N00014-77-C-0196 between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Office of Naval Research for the contract period l January 1977 to 28 February 1983. This contract supported ...

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