Senior year undergraduate students, Nicholas Monroe and Viktoriya Balabanova, presented their respective research topics at recently concluded Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference (MassURC) on April 28, 2023. This annual conference is organized by UMass Amherst.
Nicholas, along with Sid and Prof. Tandon, presented his work on “Biases in the modeled air-sea interaction during 2017-18 in the Arabian Sea” and his talk can be accessed here. On the other hand, Viktoriya talked about “Validating Geostrophic Balances in the North Atlantic Ocean”, which was co-authored with Sid, Dr. Farrar and Prof. Tandon. Her talk can be viewed here.
Congratulations Nicholas and Viktoriya!
Nicholas presenting his work at MassURC
Viktoriya presenting her work at MassURC
Siddhant (Sid) Kerhalkar, a fourth year PhD candidate, recently participated and presented an invited talk on his research at the European Geophysical Union (EGU) 2023 Meeting in Vienna during April 23-28, 2023. Sid utilized the hybrid format of the meeting and presented remotely on “Observing and Modeling the variability of DWLs during the summer Monsoon in the Northern Indian Ocean” in the Ocean surface mixed layer session. This session was well attended both in-person as well as remotely.
Sid’s participation was supported by Graduate Studies Office, UMassD. Congratulations Sid!
A screenshot of Sid’s title slide
United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), which is responsible for Fulbright fellowships, recently interviewed Dr.Shikha Singh to share her experiences while visiting the Tandon lab as a Fulbright-Kalam Climate scholar during 2019-20. The full interview can be watched here.
Congatulations Dr. Shikha Singh!
Patrick was recently featured in the Feature stories section of UMassD. Find more about his non-tradiational student life and his research in the article here.
Tandon lab was represented by two undergraduate students in the 27th annual Sigma Xi research exhibit held at Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth in April 2023.
Nicholas Monroe presented a poster on “Biases in the modeled air-sea interaction during 2017-18 in the Arabian Sea”. On the other hand, Viktoriya Balabanova presented about “Validating Geostrophic Balances in the North Atlantic Ocean”. These posters were received well and accoladed by the judges and experts present there.
Congratulations Nicholas and Viktoriya!
(From L-R) Prof. Tandon, Viktoriya and Sid with Viktoriya’s poster
(From L-R) Nicholas, Sid and Prof. Tandon with Nicholas’ poster
Inter-campus Marine Science (IMS) program at University of Massachusetts organized their annual symposium at UMass Dartmouth in March 2023. Researchers from the five UMass campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester) gather to discuss their work in marine sciences.
Sid presenting his work on DWLs
Sid Kerhalkar, Patrick Pasteris and Nicholas Monroe presented posters at this event and their posters can be found here.
Prof. Amit Tandon and PhD candidates, Iury Simoes-Sousa and Siddhant (Sid) Kerhalkar, recently participated in the CLIVAR workshop on Mesoscale and Frontal-scale air-sea interaction in Boulder, Colorado between March 06-08, 2023. The goal of this workshop was to make use of the progress in air-sea interaction to identify gaps in understanding, facilitating, and improving comparison of observations and modeling, and to build collaborations to respond to community needs. This workshop was funded by US CLIVAR, NASA, NSF, NOAA and DoE.
In addition to participating in discussions, Iury and Sid were presenting posters on their respective research. Iury presented a poster on “Atmospheric Cold Pools in the Bay of Bengal” while Sid’s poster was titled “Observing and Modeling the variability of DWLs during the summer Monsoon in the Northern Indian Ocean“. Prof. Tandon also volunteered to participate as a discussion leader while Iury and Sid volunteered as note-takers for discussions.
Sid and Prof. Tandon with Sid’s poster
Iury and Prof Tandon with Iury’s poster
Iury and Sid are grateful for the financial support by the workshop organizers (and sponsors) to attend this workshop while Sid was additionally funded by the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), UMassD travel support.
Adriano Giangiardi successfully defended his undergraduate honors thesis on December 14, 2022. With the thesis titled “The Interannual Variability of the Brazil Current System”, Adriano was advised by Prof. Ilson Silveira (University of São Paulo, Brazil), MSc. Leilane Passos (University of Bergen, Norway) and Prof Amit Tandon (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth). In this work, Adriano used the outputs of a global reanalysis product to compute the volume transport of the western boundary currents off Brazil over 27 years. His analysis shows that while the Brazil Current (BC) is not changing at 22°S, it is surprisingly strengthening at 34°S. Furthermore, the BC showed a moderate correlation with El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Part of this thesis was developed when Adriano visited us in Tandon lab at UMass Dartmouth during Spring 2022. The impact of Adriano’s work can be seen through the honorable mention for Exact and Earth Sciences at the undergraduate symposium of the University of São Paulo in Brazil and the best poster award in physical oceanography session at the Intercampus Marine Science (IMS) symposium held at UMass Dartmouth in March 2022.
Adriano with his title slide after his successful defense.
Research Professor Christian E. Buckingham (PI) and Professor Amit Tandon (Co-investigator) have been awarded $480,694 for the project, “INTeRnal waves In angular momeNtum StratifICation (INTRINSIC),” by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
An important discovery in the oceanography community has been the realization that centripetal accelerations, or curvature, can modify the stability of fluid parcels within fronts. Curvature can be shown to locally modify the frequency, dispersion, and hence propagation of internal waves (IWs). Owing to where such waves lose energy or break, this can have a significant impact on energy, buoyancy, and tracer fluxes between the ocean and atmosphere. INTRINSIC aims to study this topic by systematically examining a simplified model of a curved front, together with numerical simulations of the same, in order to better understand the dispersion, propagation, and fate of IWs within the ocean.
More on the project here.
Congratulations Profs. Buckingham and Tandon!
A few members of the Tandon Lab attended the recently concluded FilaChange conference which was conducted as a precursor to the upcoming SWOT mission. This conference was held at four different locations (Providence, Paris, Hobart and Qingdao), with the members attending the Providence session. Iury Simoes-Sousa gave a talk on his work on how the mixed layer eddies can supply nutrients and therefore facilitate spring time blooms. Filipe Pereira presented a talk on his work on the quasi-stationary meander and its ecological implications in the western South Atlantic. Sid Kerhalkar presented a poster on the Diurnal Warm Layer dynamics in the Bay of Bengal.
Dr. Pietri was also attending the conference.
Iury presenting his work at Filachange
Filipe presenting his work at Filachange