My name is Ata Suanda. I am a Coastal Physical Oceanographer and I study the ocean processes that deliver or alter water properties next to the world’s coastlines. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. This is my research blog and website. Please contact me if you find something interesting.

Ata Suanda (suandas@uncw.edu)

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A terrific day on the water last week. Bio-physical sampling is a whole new kettle of fish so we had to work out some details and practice casts with Derek Grimes, Christian Briseño-Avena, and CMS operations crew. Casts conducted with the CTD rosette+LISST-HOLO and plankton tows on RV Cape Fear.

Wave charts from the Marshall Islands

I was late to the game on these, but they are remarkable. Imagine reconstructing what are essentially wave rays or wave crests or diffraction patterns (?!) out of sticks after rocking and rolling around your archipelago… https://daily.jstor.org/marshall-islands-wave-charts/ and thanks to Jamie Pringle for pointing to the MFA collection: https://collections.mfa.org/objects/408374/navigation-chart?ctx=03e94b18-d867-4f37-a7e1-71eacbfd392c&idx=0

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