Daniel Dauhajre (Homepage)

Graduate student, degree program: PhD
Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/IGPP
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1565

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I am a PhD student at UCLA working with James McWilliams. I aim to diagnose and characterize the physical transport mechanisms on the inner-shelf of the Southern California Bight. The transport pathways I am seeking to uncover occur in the along- and cross- shore directions. In the cross-shore direction, I am examining transport between two boundaries: transport to/from the shelf to//from the surf-zone and offshore waters. To perform these analyses I utilize very high resolution (less than 100m horizontal resolution) ROMS (Regional Ocean Modeling System) simulations. The high resolution allows the submesoscale processes on the shelf to be examined with great detail. The characterization of these flow patterns and their relative importance in material exchange is vital to understanding the nutrient and material fluxes into the kelp forests of the Santa Barbara Channel.