From Hillslopes to Estuaries…. and Back

by Dr. Raymond Torres

Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Effects of extreme wind on low-rise buildings: recent developments from full-scale lab testing

Damage and losses caused by severe storms continues to grow globally. Much of the damage due to wind is to low-rise buildings, particularly residential structures which are not engineered. The talk will discuss the need for, and use of, full-scale and large-scale test labs, which have been developed to mitigate these losses. Recent research findings on the aerodynamics of low buildings, response of building components to extreme loads, and how this information is being used to mitigate losses, will be presented.

by Dr. Gregory Kopp

Faculty of Engineering University of Western Ontario

Bio: Dr. Kopp obtained a B.Sc. at the University of Manitoba in 1989, an M. Eng. from McMaster University in 1991 and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1995, all in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Faculty of Engineering at Western in 1997 following two years in Spain as an NSERC post-doctoral fellow. In 2001, he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in the area of Wind Engineering. Dr. Kopp is currently President of the American Association of Wind Engineers, Chair of the ASCE Environmental Wind Engineering Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Technical Council on Wind Engineering, and is a member of building code committees for wind loading standards in Canada and the United States. His research interests include wind effects on low-rise buildings, disaster mitigation, bluff body aerodynamics and turbulence.

CCU Researchers Studying Subglacial Discharge in Antarctica

Dr. Rick Peterson and graduate student Leigha Peterson (no relation) are back at Palmer Station, Antarctica with colleagues from East Carolina University.  They are studying subglacial discharge from the western Antarctic Peninsula into the Southern Ocean.  They have had some interesting weather challenges which you can read about here!

School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science and graduate program update

The purpose of this meeting is to provide an update on the new School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science, the rapidly unifying graduate program offering a M.S. and Ph.D. and answer any questions interested faculty may have about the School, graduate program and opportunities for participation.

R/V Coastal Explorer En Route to the East Coast

The R/V Coastal Explorer is at sea, traveling aboard the DIJKSGRACHT, a Dutch cargo vessel. Track the position of the vessel in real-time.

R/V Coastal Explorer Undergoing Sea Trials

The School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science’s first research vessel,  R/V Coastal Explorer has set sail off the coast of Washington State in Port Angeles, to undergo sea trials and other operational reviews prior to its maiden deployment, scheduled in the first quarter of 2013.  The vessel will make “Home Port” at Harbourgate Resort & Marina in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and will also maintain a base of operations on the Historic Harborwalk in Georgetown, South Carolina.


We have spent the last week or so up in the ice and it is just absolutely beautiful. One of the most exciting parts of being in the ice is ice liberty -- when all are able to get off the ship and run around on the ice!

Geoscience in the ice

We are ready to recover the Chirp! The Coast Guard requires everyone to wear mustang survival work suits on deck when ever equipment is going over the side.  They may not be the most stylish orange jumpsuits, but they sure keep you toasty warm!  (From left to right: Scripps grad students Emily & Shannon, me,  UCSD undergrad MacKenzie and Scripps grad student Jillian).

I am ready with my snips for the Chirp recovery!

Polar bears & lots of ice!

We have crossed over into Canadian waters and are now working on the east side of the Mackenzie River delta.  We came up on the sea ice pack tonight and it was pretty exciting.  Below you can see some of the scientists prepping the piston core for tomorrow while the first chunks of ice float by.

It wasn't long before the ice cover started to increase.


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