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AOPE Project Highlights

Accelerating Thwaites Ecosystem Impacts for the Southern Ocean (ARTEMIS)

Researchers traveled to western Antarctica in 2022 to study current environmental conditions in the Amundsen Sea including the impacts of melting from the Thwaites Glacier.

Synchrony in Giant Kelp

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.

Penguin Life Observatories

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 Ocean Twilight Zone

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.

A Day in the Field Testing WARPAUV

New WARPAUV capabilities were tested in St. Johns, USVI in the summer of 2022. The field experiments included audio-visual benthic surveys of coral reefs and animal tracking in visually complex environments.

What Lies Beneath?

This project combines remotely sensed and in-situ observations with numerical model simulations to help predict nearshore processes on short spatial and temporal scales.

Wave Mediated Transfers of Energy and Momentum Across the Air-Sea Interface

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.

Sea Ice-Ocean Exchange of Arctic Microplastics

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.

Coastal Polynya Variability and Marine-Terminating Glacier Change

Coastal polynyas, or areas of open water surrounded by sea ice, are investigated to determine their effects on Antarctic ice shelf variability.