Quantifying the coastal ocean response to climate changes requires us to first define the intrinsic coastal ocean variability on synoptic, seasonal and interannual time scales at the present time. Fundamental scientific questions to be addressed include: 1) what are the synoptic variability, seasonal characteristics, and interannual variations of coastal circulation; 2) what are the processes that lead to the large exchange of heat, salt, sediment, nutrient and carbon on the shelf; and 3) how does coastal circulation variability influence marine ecosystems? This talk will present some of findings and efforts carried out by Ocean Observing and Modeling Group at North Carolina State University using in situ observations and coupled numerical models to understand the western boundary coastal circulation dynamics, air-sea interaction, and biogeochemical processes in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.
Dr. Ruoying He is a Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor of North Carolina State University and an Adjunct Scientist of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research expertise spans from coastal circulation dynamics, air-sea interaction, to biophysical interactions. As the director of the Ocean Observing and Modeling Group (OOMG), he conducts coastal ocean observations, remote sensing data analyses, and leads the development of prediction models of ocean circulation, air-sea-wave interactions, physical-biogeochemical couplings. Dr. He served as an Associated Editor for Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, and as a guest editor for Ocean Dynamics. He also serves on the editorial boards of several other scientific journals and on the organizing committees of several major international science meetings. He was the chair of Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Ocean Dynamics in 2017. He is presently also a member of NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative Facility Board, a member of US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) - National Modeling Steering Team, a member of National Academy of Sciences- Loop Current Study Committee, and a science team member of International GODAE OceanView project.