Nick White, 2013, Mathematics

I spent the summer working with Dr. Rym Msadek at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The main goal of my project was to characterize the circulation in the South Atlantic, a region which is not well understood in oceanography. We also did some analysis of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (the “conveyer belt” that is depicted in diagrams of world oceanic circulation). The ocean and atmosphere are extremely complex systems, and even a small change in temperature at some point can affect the weather thousands of miles away. So even a small improvement in our understanding of the South Atlantic can be useful in climate science everywhere. We used GFDL computer models of the world’s climate to conduct the research. This internship was a great introduction both to climate science and to life in government research organizations. I gained a deeper understanding of ocean mechanics and obtained additional data analysis skills.