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Seminar 1
Nitrogen flows in marine system


Nitrogen limits productivity in most of the ocean. To understand how nitrogen flows in a system is crucial in many aspects. Due to multiple micro-organism’s competing metabolism, nitrogen cycles rapidly through different pathways. In this talk, I will prepare you two cases of nitrogen dynamics. First one is about 15N labeling technique to detect nitrogen flows in an incubation bottle filled with oligotrophic seawater. Recent advances in 15N measurements allows us to examine multiple pathways of simultaneously-occurring nitrogen processes in oligotrophic ocean. Experimental results showed that community succession may happen in a bottle within 24 hours leading to biased rate measures. Proper estimators of rate of multiple nitrogen processes will be presented. The second case is about the application of nature abundance of 15N in a plume system under the influence of complex hydrodynamics. An endmember mixing model coupled with isotope mass conservation, nitrogen flows and associated biological processes were discerned. A conceptual diagram, which is wide applicable to estuary and plume systems, was constructed according to field observations.

Speaker : Prof. Shuh-ji KAO, Visiting Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability, HKUST
Date : 14 Nov 2017
Time : 2:00 p.m.
Venue : Room 2304 (Lifts 17-18)



Seminar 2
Various aspects of coastal dynamics embedded in high-frequency radar-derived surface currents


Oceanic mesoscale eddies with typical sizes of 30-200 km contain more than half of the kinetic energy of the ocean. With an average lifespan of several months, they are major contributors to the transport of heat, nutrients, plankton, dissolved oxygen and carbon in the ocean. Mesoscale eddies have been observed and studied over the past 50 years, nonetheless our understanding of the details of their structure remains incomplete due to lack of systematic high-resolution measurements. To bridge this gap, a survey of a mesoscale anticyclone was conducted in early 2014 in the South China Sea capturing its structure at submesoscale resolution. By modeling an anticyclone of comparable size and position at three horizontal resolutions the authors verify the resolution requirements for capturing the observed variability in dynamical quantities, and quantify the role of ageostrophic motions on the vertical transport associated with the anticyclone. Results indicate that different submesoscale processes contribute to the vertical transport depending on depth and distance from the eddy center, with frontogenesis playing a key role. Vertical transport by anticyclones cannot be reliably estimated by coarse-resolution or even mesoscale-resolving models, with important implications for global estimates of the eddy-driven vertical pumping of biophysical and chemical tracers.

Speaker : Dr. ZHONG Yisen, Institute of Oceanography, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Date : 15 Nov 2017 (Wednesday)
Time : 4:00 p.m.
Venue : Room 2303 (Lifts 17-18)

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Piloting cruise in Hong Kong water has been concluded with satisfactory result The cruise in Hong Kong water has lasted for 8 days, from 12th August to 19th August, and contains 59 stations in Hong Kong waters. It is a … Continue reading

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mapping cruise in July and August 2017


Symposium on Ocean Circulation, Ecosystem, HypoxiA and CoNsequences (OCEAN)

Joint Workshop on Regional Oceanography Study

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Joint Workshop on Regional Oceanography Study Dec. 5: 10:00-11:00am: Meeting with Prof. Wu, Enboa, Associate Vice President 11:30-11:50am: Meeting with Prof. Wang, Yang, Dean, School of Science, romm 6522 12:00-2:00pm:Ai??Ai??Ai?? Lunch hosted by Prof. Wang Yang, Dean, School of Science … Continue reading

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Evidence of rising and poleward shift of storm surge in western North Pacific in recent decades


Prof. Leo OEY, Department of Oceanography, National Sun Yat-sen University


Recently, there has been considerable interest in examining how sea-level extremes due to storm surge may be related to climate change. Evidence of how storm-surge extremes have evolved since the start of the most recent warming of mid-1970s to early 1980s has not been firmly established however. Here we use 64 years (1950-2013) of observations and model simulations, and find evidence of a significant rise in the intensity as well as poleward-shifting of location of typhoon surges in the western North Pacific after 1980s. The rising and poleward-shifting trends are caused by the weakening of the steering flow in the tropics, which is related to climate warming, resulting in slower-moving and longer-lasting typhoons which had shifted northward.


Date : 29 July 2016 (Friday)
Time : 3:30pm
Venue : Room 4472 (Lifts 25-26)


Mixed-layer current and cyclonic eddy induced by global tropical cyclones


Prof. Ruo-Shan TSENG, Department of Oceanography, National Sun Yat-sen University


Global velocity data from drifters of the Surface Velocity Program and the sea surface height and geostrophic velocity data from satellite altimetry observations under tropical cyclones (TCs) were analyzed to demonstrate strong ocean currents and their characteristics under various storm intensities in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) and in the Southern Hemisphere (SH). Mean TC’s translation speed (Uh) is faster in the NH (~4.7 m s-1) than in the SH (~4.0 m s-1), owing to the fact that TCs are more intense in the NH than in the SH. The rightward (leftward) bias of ocean mixed-layer (OML) velocity occurs in the NH (SH). As a result of this slower Uh and thus a smaller Froude number in the SH, the flow patterns in the SH under the same intensity levels of TCs are more symmetric relative to the TC center and the OML velocities are stronger than those in the NH. Several special cases were reported in this study showing the occurrence of prominent cyclonic eddies with a life span of several months which were induced by slow-moving (Uh ~ 1 m s-1) and intense (category 3, 4, and 5 of the Saffir-Simpson Scale) TCs, either in the NH and SH. This study provides the first characterization of the near-surface OML velocity response to all recorded TCs in the SH from direct velocity measurements.

Date : 29 July 2016 (Friday)
Time : 2:30pm Venue : Room 4472 (Lifts 25-26)

Seminar Various aspects of coastal dynamics embedded in high-frequency radar-derived surface currents Speaker: Prof. Sung Yong KIM, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Abstract The nearly completed U.S. West Coast (USWC) high-frequency radar (HFR) network provides an unprecedented … Continue reading

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Satellite remote sensing of air-sea CO2 flux

About the speaker:

Dr. Yan Bai is professor with the SOED Second Institute of Oceanography, with research interests in ocean carbon cycling and Oceanography, ocean optics and bio-optics Models. The talk focuses on the estimation of air-sea CO2 flux with satellite data. Recent progresses on the ocean carbon research from space will be introduced, with the special attention to the sea surface partial pressure of carbon dioxide ( pCO2), by using a mechanistic semi-analytic algorithm (MeSAA). Time series of satellite-derived air-sea CO2 flux in the China Sea and its variability are also presented.

Date : 11 Dec 2015
Time : 3:30 pm
Venue : Room 6573 (Lifts 29-30), HKUST