Oceans and Atmosphere

Coastal Oceanography

Studying the physical dynamics of coastal and estuarine processes, including tides, turbulence, upwelling, stratification, transport, and sediment transport.


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Centers, Labs, and Projects

Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP)
Measures, analyzes, archives, and disseminates coastal environment data for use by coastal engineers, planners, and managers, as well as scientists and mariners.
Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC)
Develops and implements coastal observatories, serves as a science and technical interface with local, state, and federal agencies, and manages various system components.
Ocean Optics Research Laboratory
Focused on the development of an understanding of interaction of light with seawater constituents, variability in ocean optical properties, and propagation of light within the ocean and across the air-water boundary.
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E)
Provide water cycle science, technology and outreach to support effective policies and practices that address the impacts of extreme weather and water events on the environment, people and the economy of western North America.
California Sea Grant
Providing services on coastal and marine science and policy issues.
A.E. Allen Lab
Research at the intersection of biological and microbial oceanography and functional genomics.
Giddings Lab
Specializing in estuarine and coastal processes with an interest in interdisciplinary projects that address how physics impacts important biological and chemical processes in the coastal environment.
Multiscale Ocean Dynamics (MOD)
A specialized team of oceanographers, engineers, and graduate students solving vexing problems in ocean physics and biology.  We develop, build, and deploy novel scientific instrumentation to observe the ocean in new ways.
Innovative Marine Technology Laboratory
Our mission is to pursue scientific studies in underwater acoustics, small-scale physical oceanography (coastal processes, air-sea gas transfer) and biological oceanography.

Recent Publications

Harvey, M. E.; Giddings, S. N.; Stein, E. D.; Crooks, J. A.; Whitcraft, C.; Gallien, T.; Largier, J. L.; Tiefenthaler, L.; Meltzer, H.; Pawlak, G.; Thorne, K.; Johnston, K.; Ambrose, R.; Schroeter, S. C.; Page, H. M.; Elwany, H.
McSweeney, J. M.; Lerczak, J. A.; Barth, J. A.; Becherer, J.; Colosi, J. A.; MacKinnon, J. A.; Macmahan, J. H.; Moum, J. N.; Pierce, S. D.; Waterhouse, A. F.