Hurricane Joaquin: A work in progress

Figure 1:

Figure 1: Hurricane Joaquin affected the East Coast from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7th, 2015. You can see some dips in salinity from rainfall, especially in South Carolina which received 18+ inches of precipitation in some areas!

Last week, researchers from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), and NOAA met to combine monitoring efforts and expertise.

I was tasked (okay, I volunteered) with helping in a case study to see how Hurricane Joaquin affected salinity along its track on the US east coast. This will be a fun exercise that allows a system-wide approach, meaning that we are not limited to a region or just to the coast/ocean.

Figure 2:

Figure 2: The R package SWMPr made this plot a breeze!

In today’s post, I am simply showing a few of the plots I made to start to conversation with my IOOS counterparts. As a Mid-Atlantic researcher, I am trying my best to keep Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware represented in this case study! Stay tuned as these got from show and tell to quantitative analysis!

Kari Pohl

About Kari Pohl

I am a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA and the University of Maryland (Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory). My work investigates how climate variability and extremes affect the diverse ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay. I received a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (2014) and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Chemistry from Roger Williams University (2009). When I am not busy being a scientist, my hobbies include running, watching (and often yelling at) the Boston Bruins, and taking photos of my cat.
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