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Science on the Sound : ‘PEACHes and Stream’


WANCHESE – Researchers continue to study the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras as part of a project to better understand the processes that control the exchange of waters between the continental shelf and the open ocean, an exchange that plays a big role in marine ecosystems, the movement of pollutants and coastal storm tracks and intensity.

The University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute hosted on May 25 a lecture by Mike Muglia, research associate with the institute, on the Gulf Stream and the exchange of continental shelf water into the deep ocean, as part of the institute’s “Science on the Sound” lecture series.

Muglia’s presentation, entitled “PEACHes and Stream: Investigating Shelf Water Exchange into the Deep Ocean,” highlights the interaction between the continental shelf water and the deep ocean, including the Gulf Stream, and some of his current research investigating the exchanges between these water masses and their role in coastal systems.

The title relates to the institute’s collaborative research projects, the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Research Program and the Processes driving Exchange at Cape Hatteras, or PEACH, project that have begun to examine this confluence.

The research was the subject of a recent CRO special report, “Harnessing the Gulf Stream: Researchers Seek to Tap Power of Ocean Currents.”

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