The NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL) seeks to promote global perspectives and stimulate interaction among the community of scientists at NCAR and neighboring institutions by sponsoring the NESL Distinguished Lecturer Series. This lecture series is designed to bring eminent scientists, as well as leaders in science policy, journalism and other fields, to NESL to present cutting edge and imaginative research and potentially establish enduring connections after their visit.
The second lecturer in this series is Jim McWilliams from UCLA. The seminar title is "Oceanic Dynamics at the Submesoscale" and will be on Tuesday, 9 April at 3:30 pm in ML-330 (ML Main Seminar Room).
Spawned from the major boundary currents and mesoscale eddies, a variety of different submesoscale phenomena spontaneously arise in the ocean. These include surface frontogenesis and filamentogenesis, coherent vortices, ageostrophic instabilities, and topographic wakes and gravity waves. An overview is presented of their causes, dynamics, and consequences.
If you are not able to make the seminar it will be live webcast at http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/ml-live.htm.