SOED Open Course Held: Ocean Dynamics and Multi-Scaled Variability


From May 14th to May 18th, SOED Open Course Ocean Dynamics and Multi-Scaled Variability was held. The Course was taught by Professor Qiu Bo from the University of  Hawaii at Manoa.

   Bo Qiu is a Professor at the Department of Oceanography, University of  Hawaii at Manoa. His scientific interests include large-scale ocean circulation variability, mid-latitude air-sea interaction, geophysical fluid dynamics, and satellite oceanography. He has published more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and was a contributing author to IPCC 4th and 5th Assessment Reports. Prof. Qiu was a recipient of the Okada Prize from the Oceanographic Society of Japan, as well as the New Investigators Award from NASA's Mission to Planet Earth Program.

   The objectives of this course are to provide students the fundamentals of multi-scaled dynamics, cross-scale interactions, and their applications to realistic observed phenomena. Driven externally by momentum and buoyancy forcings of the atmosphere, the ocean circulation variability is broad-banded and spatio-temporally inter-linked. A better understanding of the ocean circulation variability requires thus a full knowledge about the underlying dynamics and their applications to phenomena ranging from oceanic gyre scales, to energy-containing mesoscales, to elusive submesoscales, and to turbulent small scales.

   The course has attracted young scientists and students from Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, Zhejiang University, Sun Yat-Sen University, Xiamen University, Hohai University, Hangzhou Normal University, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, etc.

SOED is creating a unique marine science and technology platform with distinctive international influence. To showcase the lab, SOED has set up a series of “Ocean-Star Open Courses,” which are open to Ph. D. candidates and young researchers nationwide by inviting internationally renowned scientists to teach. In 2017, six short courses had be offered: Satellite Oceanography, Cycles in the Earth System, Introduction to Optical Oceanography and Ocean Color Remote Sensing, Innovation in Science and Technology: Understanding American Culture and Politics, and Chemical Oceanography, Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction and Climate, Seamless Modeling from Creek to Ocean on Unstructured Grids. Detailed information is available at the official website of SOED (