Weeks 4 & 5 (July 2-13)Over the past two weeks, I have spent most of my time at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute (GFDI). The GFDI is a “hidden gem” at FSU; hidden due to its location in the basement of the Keen building, but a gem due to its storied history and current energy and growth. The Institute was formed in 1967 with a $600,000 Naval Research Contract as part of Project THEMIS (named after the ancient Greek goddess of cooperation), supported by the Department of Defense and the Centers of Excellence program. Its labs have brewed simulations of hurricanes, the Gulf Stream, the jet stream, and convection in earth’s interior. Investigations of atmospheric waves and circulations, studies of the influence of mountains on the jet stream, and modeling of convection, ocean circulation, hurricanes, stratospheric warming, and climate are just a few of the many undertakings that have occurred in the GFDI.
I also helped out in GFDI this week with testing of the “drifters” that will soon be on their way to Antarctica. Stay tuned next week as I update these experiments, and feel free to send a sweatshirt or some long johns to help these drifters stay warm!
Post Author:Stan Cutler