MESOSCALE PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
The northern Gulf of Mexico is a dynamic region characterized by mesoscale (50-500 km) features - the Loop Current and Loop Current-shed eddies; the Mississippi River plume and other coastal runoff; and shelf-break upwelling. This physical environment significantly affects the biology of the northern GoM. The physical oceanography component of the DEEPEND consortium will observe and model the three-dimensional ocean circulation and upper ocean bio-physical properties using field measurements (e.g., gliders), remote sensing, and customized hydrodynamic models. We will assess how these upper ocean properties are influenced by environmental drivers and how these properties are linked to deep-pelagic nekton dynamics.