Young Yi, 2017, Geosciences

I worked as a summer intern with Keith Rodgers, a researcher in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) department, to study the impacts of climate change on the Pacific Equatorial Undercurrent (EUC). The EUC is of interest because it is a bottleneck where waters from several different origins mix together and flow across the entire Pacific Ocean along the equator. We first conducted 30 simulations of the climate system, encompassing the years 1950 to 2100, using an Earth System Model. Then, I utilized MATLAB to analyze the model outputs and to create visual representations of the changes in the EUC. Through this research opportunity, I developed proficiency in MATLAB and a general understanding of oceanography. I also enjoyed seeing computer science in application, and now I am thinking about pursuing my undergraduate studies in Geosciences. I hope to continue studying the effects of climate change on the oceans and also to consider how scientific breakthroughs dealing with climate change can be readily and accurately presented to the general public.