Oceanography

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Dave Fratantoni

Engineer  |  Oceanographer  |  Innovator

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My oceanographic research interests are all over the place.  No apologies for that.  My main interests are ocean circulation (particularly rings and eddies), the relationships between physics and biology (on a variety of scales), and the development of new observational tools and techniques.


You can get a quick overview of the tools I've used here.


Here is a very rough outline of some of the major research themes and programs I've been involved with:

Ocean Circulation and Mesoscale Variability


     •     North Atlantic Surface Circulation Inferred from Surface Drifters

     •     Rings of the North Brazil Current

     •     Red Sea Outflow Experiment (REDSOX)

     •     Somali Current Rings in the Eastern Gulf of Aden

     •     CLIVAR Mode Water Dynamics Experiment (CLIMODE)

     •     Glider-based Transport Measurements on the New England Shelf

     •     Glider-based Transport Measurements in the U.S. Virgin Islands

     •     Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS)

Novel Explorations of Ocean Physics and Biology


     •     Thin Phytoplankton Layers in the Western Tropical Pacific

     •     Layered Organization in the Coastal Ocean (LOCO)

     •     Marine Mammal Ecology and Acoustics in the Gulf of Maine

     •     Acoustics of Spawning Grouper in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Instrument and Observing System Development


     •     Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks (AOSN)

     •     Adaptive Sampling and Prediction (ASAP)

     •     The Submerged Autonomous Launch Platform (SALP)

     •     The Autonomous Expendable Instrument System (AXIS)

     •     RAFOS Ocean Acoustic Monitoring (ROAM) tag: Tracking Marine Megafauna

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David Fratantoni underwater in Taiwan