UNH Ocean Seminar

Quantifying Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions via Airborne and Ship-Based Imaging Technology

Nathan Laxague
Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering
Center for Ocean Engineering
University of New Hampshire

Friday, Sep. 3, 2021, 3:10pm
Chase 105

The interactions between the earth’s atmosphere and ocean is a central driver of our daily weather patterns and large-scale climatic development. The dynamics which result from these interactions—from surface waves to extreme storms—are among the greatest constraints of human use of the ocean. Members of the Ocean Surface Observation Laboratory at UNH seek to understand the individual physical processes which drive the exchange of momentum, heat, and mass between the atmosphere and ocean. These processes are generally small in scale, rapidly-evolving in time, and heterogenous in space. As such, our observational approach must be multidimensional and high-resolution. In this seminar, I will demonstrate the use of several imaging-based measurement techniques used for describing dynamics associated with atmosphere-ocean interaction in regions as disparate as the Arctic circle and the southern equatorial Pacific.


Nathan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Ocean Engineering at UNH. His primary research interest is in applying experimental/observational techniques to understand physical air-sea interaction processes. Prior to his arrival at UNH in Fall of 2020, he was a postdoctoral research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in 2016 at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Nathan spent his childhood and youth in southern Maine and is happy to be home in New England after 13 years away from it.