Dr. Shane Elipot’s “An Ocean of Data” Meet a Data Scientist talk was held on April 5, 2022 via Zoom.
TALK TITLE: “An Ocean of Data”
Ocean currents are important because they transport freshwater, salt, heat, and CO2, and thus are an integral part of the mechanics of the Earth’s climate. Ocean currents also transport organisms, nutrients, and pollutants such as plastics, and are thus a main driver of variability for marine ecosystems and resources accessible to humans. Yet ocean currents are challenging to observe, and therefore difficult to predict, because the ocean is set in motion on a wide range of temporal and spatial scales, from seconds to millennia, and from millimeters to the circumference of the Earth. For this talk, Dr. Elipot will present some of his previous, ongoing, and future research projects that are concerned with gathering real or simulated ocean current data and deciphering their roles in our climate system.
Dr. Elipot received his PhD in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego in 2006. In 2007-2008, Dr. Elipot was a National Research Council postdoctoral research fellow at the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida. In 2009, he joined the UK National Oceanography Center in Liverpool as a physical oceanographer. In 2013, Dr. Elipot returned to Miami at the Rosenstiel School first as a scientist, then as a research professor starting in 2019. Dr. Elipot’s research is focused on using in situ observations and model outputs to understand the kinematics and dynamics of ocean currents, from small-scale mixing processes associated with tides to the global oceanic circulation.