UC Irvine
Kristen A. Davis

nonlinear internal waves

circulation on coral reefs

modeling physical-biological interactions
Modeling Physical-Biological Interactions

Some of the most interesting questions in coastal oceanography lie at the intersection of disciplines. In the Coastal Dynamics Lab, we employ high-resolution numerical models which couple physical, chemical, and biological processes to address pressing questions in coastal and estuarine systems. For example, we use a ROMS-based model first developed at the University of Washington, called the Cascadia Model, to advance our understanding of harmful algal bloom (HAB) development and transport in the Pacific Northwest. We also use this coupled physical-ecosystem model to examine the role of estuarine exchange in providing nutrients for phytoplankton growth in the coastal euphotic zone.

Related Publications
SA Siedlecki, NS Banas, KA Davis, S Giddings, BM Hickey, P MacCready (2015). Seasonal and interannual oxygen variability on the Washington and Oregon continental shelves Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 120, p. 608-633
KA Davis, NS Banas, SN Giddings, SA Siedlecki, P MacCready (2014). Estuary‚Äźenhanced upwelling of marine nutrients fuels coastal productivity in the US Pacific Northwest Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 119, p. 8778-8799
SN Giddings, P MacCready, BM Hickey, NS Banas, KA Davis (2014). Hindcasts of potential harmful algal bloom transport pathways on the Pacific Northwest coast Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 119, p. 2439-2461