Using Remote Sensing to Monitor Buoyant Coastal Plumes

Presenter: 
Dr. Louis Keiner, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Applied Physics (CCU)
Event Location: 
BCCMWS 100
Event Date: 
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 
SCMSS Seminar Series

Abstract

Buoyant coastal plumes are discharges of fresh or brackish water from rivers and estuaries, and have important impacts on the physical and biological dynamics of the coastal ocean. The density of this water is less than that of the surrounding coastal water, and, due to the Coriolis Effect, these plumes typically turn right in the Northern Hemisphere and travel downshelf. Upwelling favorable winds may distrupt this process, however, and casue the plume to spread across the shelf. Satellite remote sensing can be used to determine the spatial characterisitics and evolution of these plumes under a variety of forcings. This talk will focus on the development of those plumes and the remote sensing methods used to monitor them, using the Winyah Bay plume as an example.

Speaker Information

Dr. Louis Keiner is an Associate Professor at Coastal Carolina University in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Physics as well as in the Department of Marine Science. He received his Ph.D. in Marine Studies from the University of Delware in 1997.

More information about him and his work can be found here.