AOPE Project Highlights
Unlike ice in deep water, landfast sea ice attaches itself to the coastlines or shallow seafloor on the continental shelves. This project will contribute to a high-resolution dataset while investigating attenuation and breakup in landfast sea ice.
Whales and other animals are often entangled in long ropes or lines connecting lobster traps to buoys. A low-power wake-up receiver could expand the use of "on-call" buoys and reduce these entanglements.
Kelp canopy dynamics are investigated for inclusion in synchrony models. Reaching heights of more than 100 feet, giant kelp forests provide a home to thousands of species of marine life while offering shelter from predators and storms.
AOPE researchers are investigating the impacts of global change on the Southern Ocean's ecosystem. Emperor penguins, king penguins and Adelie penguins are remotely monitored with the help of ECHO and other robots.
The problem of microplastics in the Arctic marine system is of recent interest, spurred by field observations that show surprisingly high concentrations of microplastics in the Arctic ecosystem.
AOPE scientists are investigating wave-modulated transfer of energy between the atmosphere and ocean to improve air-sea interaction datasets while adding to our understanding of global climate change.
New capabilities were recently tested in St. Johns, USVI. The field experiments included audio-visual benthic surveys of coral reefs and animal tracking in visually complex environments.
This interdisciplinary project explores one of our planet’s hidden frontiers - the ocean twilight zone, a vast, dimly lit region between about 200 and 1,000 meters beneath the ocean’s surface.
Coastal polynyas, or areas of open water surrounded by sea ice, are investigated to determine their effects on Antarctic ice shelf variability.