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What We Do
People in the Physical Oceanography Numerical Group work on problems in the coastal ocean using numerical simulations. Currently, the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) is used for all of the simulations.
PONG member Lixin Qu releases Pearl River Forecast System!
Pearl River Forecast System is a fully operational ocean circulation forecast model on the South China Sea shelf and provides the real-time analysis and 7-day forecast data for investigating the coastal environments in the Pearl River region. For more information, see the Pearl River Forecast Website.
Arthur successfully defends his masters thesis!
Arthur Ramos defended his thesis June 16th to a full room with lots of good questions. Afterward, we all celebrated his accomplishment. Congrats Arthur!
PONG group photo in Belgium
Group members Rob, Kristen, and DJ attended the 2016 Liege Colloquium on submesoscale processes. Each had a talk or poster – Rob gave one of the keynotes – and all enjoyed the conference!
PONG has a new group member!
Tingting has joined PONG as a postdoctoral researcher. Read about her more.
February 22, 2016
We had a PONG group reunion at the Ocean Sciences meeting in New Orleans!
July 24, 2015
Updated surface salinity movies of the Texas-Louisiana shelf are available, using the new colormap package cmocean.
May 18, 2015
Our set of standardized colormaps for oceanographic plotting excellence is still available, and now updated!
The colormap package in Python is freely available, and you can find more information about the updated colormaps here.
March 13, 2015
A set of standardized colormaps for oceanographic plotting excellence is available.
The colormap package in Python is freely available, and you can find more information about the colormaps here.
January 23, 2015
Wenxia Zhang successfully defended her PhD dissertation last Friday! Congratulations to Dr. Zhang!
October 9, 2014
Harmful algal bloom prediction for the rest of the season.
PONG researchers Drs. Kristen Thyng and Rob Hetland are predicting that there will not be a severe harmful algal bloom caused by Karenia brevis in Texas waters this year. Find more details here.
October 7, 2014
Another new PONG member!
PONG has another new member: Xiaopei Lin is visiting for 6 months from the Ocean University of China.
September 15, 2014
New PONG members!
PONG has welcomed several new members: Hui Wu is visiting for a year from the East China Normal University, and Lixin Qu and Veronica Ruiz Xomchuk are new graduate students.
July 22, 2014
PONG member Wenxia Zhang goes on MCH cruise.
Wenxia worked hard on a recent research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, helping to determine the size of the hypoxia "dead zone." She is quoted in an article discussing her experiences.
June 20, 2014
New surface salinity movies of the Texas-Louisiana shelf are available.
June 10, 2014
TracPy version 1.0 has been released!
TracPy, a Python wrapper of Lagrangian trajectory model TRACMASS, has always been available on GitHub but now has been officially released, complete with a DOI. TracPy has been written primarily by Kristen Thyng.
February 10, 2014
DJ Kobashi has joined PONG!
DJ is working as a postdoctoral research associate with Rob on improving the TXLA and OOF models. See more information about DJ.