Webinar: Simulating acidification (and linked processes) along the North American West Coast

When: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12-1pm EDT

Abstract: Recently a new generation of realistic, coupled atmosphere-circulation-biogeochemistry-ecosystem simulations has been developed and deployed by our team for the California Current System. Its centerpiece is a multi-decadal hindcast with fine mesoscale grid resolution, with nested subdomains and time periods for focus on particular places and processes (e.g., urban eutrophication in Southern California), as well as regional impact assessments for the future. This webinar will address motivations, methodology, and a sampling of key results. This project and its continuing extensions have meaningful implications for management of climate change at a regional level.

Please join a NOAA Science Seminar series webinar on Thursday, 3/12 to hear about “Simulating Acidification (and linked processes) along the North American West Coast”. This is the first webinar in a series of talks from a project funded through NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

Speaker: James McWilliams, PhD, Louis B. Slichter Professor of Earth Sciences in the Dept of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Institute of Geophysical and Planetary Sciences at UCLA.

Where: WEBINAR ONLY (see access below)
Co-authors: Daniele Bianchi, Pierre Damien, Curtis Deutsch, Evan Howard, Faycal Kessouri, and Lionel Renault

Sponsors Beth Turner, NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Erica Ombres, NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), and NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) science seminar coordinator Tracy Gill.

Webinar Access: Please register at:
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Users should use either google, IE or Edge on Windows or Safari if using a Mac. Audio will be available thru the computer only; no phone. Questions will be addressed in the chat window. This Webcast will be recorded, archived and made accessible in the near future.

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Audio is over the computer, so adjust volume on your computer speakers or headset.
Questions? Email Tracy.Gill@noaa.gov

About the Speaker: James C. McWilliams received his college degrees in Applied Mathematics: a B.S. (with honors) in 1968 from Caltech, and a M.S. in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1971 from Harvard. After holding a research fellowship in geophysical fluid dynamics at Harvard (1971-74), he jointly established the Oceanography Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), where he became a senior scientist in 1980. In 1994 he became the Louis B. Slichter Professor of Earth Sciences in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Institute of Geophysical and Planetary Sciences at UCLA. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

His primary areas of scientific research are the fluid dynamics of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere, both their theory and computational modeling. Particular subjects include the maintenance of the general circulations; climate dynamics; mesoscale and submesoscale eddies; boundary layer turbulence; biogeochemical and ecosystem modeling; and coastal and nearshore waves and currents. He is a co-creator of the Regional Oceanic Modeling System, a widely used circulation code for highly turbulent currents.

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