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Department of Fisheries Oceanography Graduate Weekly Seminar - Dr. Anthony Kirincich

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: > See description for location
Description: The School for Marine Science and Technology
Department of Fisheries Oceanography
Graduate Weekly Seminar

“The third Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP-3): Project Motivation and Initial Analyses”

Dr. Anthony Kirincich
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
SMAST East, Rooms 101/102
and via Zoom

The third Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP-3), sponsored by the Department of Energy, will focus on offshore wind regimes along the U.S. East Coast. WFIP-3 seeks to improve the physical understanding of mesoscale and smaller meteorological and oceanographic processes that directly affect wind resource characterization in the offshore environment.
A key challenge to improving wind resource prediction is to improve understanding of the atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers and their interactions through the wave-mediated surface. Towards this project goal, a team composed of research institutions and national laboratories of the Department of Energy and NOAA will deploy and operate a 3-D multiscale sensor array within the Northeast U.S. outer continental shelf to characterize vertical and horizontal structure of the marine boundary layer in and around active and planned offshore wind energy lease areas. Data collected during the experiment will be used to develop and validate foundational numerical weather forecasting models and other physics-based atmospheric and oceanographic models to improve wind energy forecasts. With field work planned for 2024-2025, our detailed planning and initial analysis results will be presented here.

Anthony Kirincich is an Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Chief Scientist of the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory, and the lead of WHOI’s Offshore Wind Energy Catalyst Program. Kirincich has a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in Physical Oceanography from Oregon State University. Kirincich is an expert in coastal ocean dynamics, across-shelf exchange, and air-sea interactions. Kirincich has developed new methods of sensing the coastal ocean using both in situ and remote instruments, and has pioneered the use of land-based radar backscatter to observe ocean surface winds. Leading WHOI’s Wind Energy Catalyst, Kirincich has developed the concept of Ocean Test Beds for ocean technology adaptation and integration into the emerging U.S. offshore wind energy industry.
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