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MIDN 1/C Colton Byers presenting research at the 2017 AMS Annual Meeting

Ten Midshipmen present research at the 2017 AMS Annual Meeting

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:30 AM by MIDN 1/C Molly Hansen and Alexander R. Davies

Ten Midshipmen majoring in oceanography at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) presented research at the 2017 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting.  The AMS Annual Meeting took place from January 21-26, 2017 in Seattle, WA with over 4,400 scientists, educators, professionals, and exhibitors in attendance.   The AMS Annual meeting is a collection of over forty different conferences and symposia focused on the study of atmospheric, oceanic, and cryospheric processes.  In addition to presenting the research highlighted below, midshipmen also attended science presentations, exhibits, and professional development activities.

At the 14th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, MIDN 1/C Colton Byers (pictured above) presented research on the use of commercial off-the-shelf unmanned quadcopters to identify and characterize ice surface features.  MIDN 1/C Byers’ research advisor is Dr. Joseph P. Smith of the USNA Oceanography Department.

At the 28th Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting, MIDN 1/C Zachary Barthelmes, 1/C Libby Field, 1/C Audrey Channell and 1/C Molly Hanson presented a case study on Hurricane Joaquin (2015). The four students presented two companion projects that analyzed the outflow and inertial stability of the storm, and quantified the eddy kinetic energy. MIDN 1/C Barthelmes and Field are advised by CAPT Elizabeth R. Sanabia of the USNA Oceanography Department. MIDN 1/C Channell (left) and Hanson (right) are pictured below and are co-advised by CAPT Sanabia and Dr. Bradford S. Barrett of the USNA Oceanography Department.

MIDN 1/C Channell (left) and Hanson (right) present research at the 2017 AMS Annual Meeting

At the 16th Annual AMS Student Conference, MIDN 1/C Kelsey Ashbrook presented research that explored atmospheric drivers of Greenland mass balance variability on intra-seasonal timescales using a self-organizing map clustering technique. MIDN 1/C Ashley Lois (pictured below) presented on the impacts of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) on the Antarctic atmosphere.  MIDN 1/C Julia Arthur presented on the atmospheric drivers associated with rapid ablation events in the Chesapeake Bay basin. MIDN 1/C Jacob Rose presented research on intra-seasonal variability of the North Pacific Ocean in response to the MJO.  MIDN 2/C Casey Densmore presented work analyzing the propagation of MJO through the maritime continent. MIDN 1/C Ashbrook, Lois, and Arthur are advised by Dr. Gina R. Henderson of the USNA Oceanography Department. MIDN 2/C Densmore is advised by Dr. Barrett and CAPT Sanabia, while MIDN 1/C Jacob Rose is co-advised by Dr. Barrett and Mr. Alexander R. Davies of the USNA Oceanography Department.

MIDN 1/C Ashley Lois presented on the impacts of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on the Antarctic atmosphere

In addition to midshipmen presentations, Dr. Henderson presented at the 29 Conference on Climate Variability on the global and synoptic scale forcing on extreme snow melt runoff events.  Dr. Smith presented an oral presentation at the Second Symposium on US-International Partnerships on ways USNA integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education with international travel programs (USNA co-authors: Dr. Barrett, Dr. David Kriebel, and Dr. Timothy Disher). In addition, Dr. Smith gave an oral presentation at the 14th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography on the USNA Polar Science and Technology Program. Dr. Barrett presented research on MJO modulation of surface ocean currents off the U.S. West coast (USNA co-authors: A.R. Davies, CAPT Sanabia).

The faculty and midshipmen researchers listed herein would like to acknowledge travel and research grants from the Office of Naval Research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


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