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CRAW Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

11:00 am-12:30 pm

Engineering Building, room 310


Speaker: Edward Myers, PhD

NOAA, National Ocean Service

Coast Survey Development Laboratory


Coastal Ocean Modeling in NOAA's Coast Survey Development Laboratory: 

Overview of Current Responsibilities, and Future Strategies as Highlighted by the West Coast Operational Forecast System


ABSTRACT: Within NOAA's Coast Survey Development Laboratory, the Marine Modeling and Analysis Programs branch serves as a center of expertise for coastal hydrodynamic modeling, with the capacity to provide accurate predictions of physical conditions in the coastal ocean. CSDL/MMAP works to apply advanced modeling technology to improve quality and effectiveness of navigation products and information for transportation safety and sound decision-making in U.S. coastal waters. CSDL/MMAP also works closely with other NOAA offices to provide modeling in support of vertical datum transformations, ecological prediction of hypoxia, harmful algal blooms and pathogens, spill response, and storm surge forecast guidance. CSDL/MMAP's main mission is to develop Operational Forecast Systems (OFS) in support of marine transportation. We build and test these 3D modeling systems to meet our established standards for accuracy in predicting water levels, currents, temperature, and salinity. After development and testing, they are delivered to NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS), who installs them operationally on NOAA's operational high performance computing systems. While many of our OFS are focused on specific bays and estuaries, we are also working towards developing regional-scale models that can provide boundary conditions to the more local models. One such regional effort is the West Coast Operational Forecast System (WCOFS), a project in its early stages that will be designed to forecast hydrodynamic processes in the coastal waters of California, Oregon and Washington. Data assimilation strategies are being evaluated for WCOFS, and the project plans to engage the scientific community in evaluating how the model can best meet regional and local needs.




The Columbia River and Adjacent Waters (CRAW) Seminar Series is an occasional series of multidisciplinary seminars with a non-exclusive focus on the physical dynamics of the Columbia River, including its onshore drainage basin, lower-river estuary, and offshore plume, and the regional atmosphere above. Thus, the CRAW dominion is central to many sustainability issues in Oregon and Washington. And the CRAW Seminar Series provides a forum for fostering a multidisciplinary, system-wide approach. This approach will help the Portland Metropolitan Area’s research community gain usefully accurate understandings of the CRAW physical dynamics, ecological and societal impacts, and responses to climate variability and global change as priority tasks for the foreseeable future.

Contact Dr. Christopher Mooers ( for details about or to participate in the CRAW Seminars.