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oceansensing @ VIMS

Coastal & Polar Physical Oceanography (C2PO) Lab

The Laboratory for Ocean Sensing (LOS) and the Coastal & Polar Physical Oceanography (C2PO) Lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science — William & Mary are led by Dr. Donglai Gong. The C2PO lab focuses on oceanographic research and education and the LOS focuses on operational efforts and technology developments. Some of the lab's research areas include polar ocean dynamics, coastal ocean circulation, submarine canyons, and ocean transport and mixing.

 

Research

Seeking Knowledge Through Relentless Inquiry and Sustainable Exploration

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2021-2025

The NORSE DRI focus on characterizing the key physical parameters and processes that governs the predictability of upper-ocean rapid evolution events occurring in the ice-free high latitudes. The goal is to identify which observable parameters are most influential in improving model predictability through inclusion by assimilation, and to field an autonomous observing network that optimizes sampling of high-priority fields.

Hurricane Gliders

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2019-2022

Through close collaboration of academic institutions, industry, NOAA, and the U.S. Navy, the project provides realtime ocean data for operational forecast ocean and weather models during the hurricane season. The goals is to meaningfully improve hurricane intensity forecasts prior to landfall.

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2016-2026

MARACOOS is a regional association of partners that collect unique ocean and coastal data that is transformed into information products that support jobs, the economy, safety and well-being for the more than 78 million people living, visiting, and working in the Mid-Atlantic region. As a MARACOOS Glider Technology Center, we provide near realtime glider data to NOAA for ocean forecasting and monitoring.

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2018-2020

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2014-2019

The Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study (MARES) is an integrated ecosystem research initiative. The overarching goals of the study are to better understand the interrelationship of the physical, biological, chemical, and human systems, including traditional knowledge, of the Beaufort Sea and to advance scientific prediction capabilities for linkages between marine life, human uses, sea ice, atmospheric and oceanic processes and river discharge. As part of this research effort, we conducted a glider study of the Mackenzie Trough.

Glider Observations of Submarine Canyons

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2013-2021

We still have only a very limited understanding of most aspects about our planet. Answering questions about this is essential for understanding the mechanistic role it plays on other scientific processes, and for developing tools to further explore this research avenue with more sensitive measurements and improved data collection.

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April 12, 2025

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Water Quality Monitoring using Aerial Drones

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April 12, 2025

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