On this episode of Ocean Gazing, Huijie Xue, a professor at the University of Maine, discusses how she makes ocean forecasts for the Gulf of Maine. Xue adds, “Definitely for us, it’s a fascinating playground.”[audio:http://coseenow.net/podcast/files/2009/04/og06.mp3]
Gulf of Maine ocean model prepared by Huijie Xue at the University of Maine. The green/blue background is the bathymetry, the brown/purple sheet is the 32 ppt (parts per thousand) salinity isosurface, and the arrows are velocity vectors (ranging from a 5-60 centimeters per second). The animation starts showing the entire model domain including the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, part of the Scotian shelf and northern slope region. It then zooms in as it flies from Georges Bank and the Northeast Channel northward to the Maine coast.