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Models and Mud: Models and Data

By • Sep 15th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Modeling the Waipaoa Shelf For anyone not familiar with my previous posts, my research focuses on modeling hydrodynamics (waves and currents) and sediment transport on the continental shelf offshore of the Waipaoa River, New Zealand.  I will use the model to analyze how and where sediment is transported and deposited.  I’m working as part of […]



Models and Mud: Another Mud Cruise

By • Sep 14th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Monday, September 6 – the Waipaoa River While waiting for the ship to arrive in Gisborne harbour, Joey (student from East Carolina University, and photographer of the pictures of the river) and I walked down to the Waipaoa River – the reason we are here in the first place.  And being interested observers, we noted […]



Models and Mud: Preparation for the 3rd New Zealand Cruise

By • Sep 4th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Friday, September 3: I am back in Wellington, New Zealand for our third research cruise! Jetlagged, our group traveled directly to the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) where we have been storing our gear since the last cruise in May. Tomorrow is our ‘mob day’ aka ‘mobilization day’ when we load the boat […]



Models and Mud: The last few days

By • May 29th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Tudesday: Models and Mud: Last day of sampling We didn’t even think we’d get to sample today or yesterday afternoon because of a weather system moving through the area, so today seemed like an added bonus. More coring, CTD-ing and so on happening. The last erosion chamber measurement ended at 11 pm. In the last […]



Models and Mud: Deploying Tripods!

By • May 29th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Posted for Monday, 24 Tripods: noun, plural: three legged metal frames to which instruments are attached. The tripods sit on the ocean floor measuring water and seabed properties. We put 3 tripods in water today. The crew minus Joey and me (who met everyone is Gisborne), picked up the three tripods on their way in. Since […]



Models and Mud: All mud is equal, but some is more equal than others

By • May 29th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Posted for Sunday, May 23  (Brownie points if you know the quote referenced in the title!) Highlight of the Day: We saw a fluid mud layer today! Its a layer of fluid mud, or water with very high sediment concentrations that forms a distinct layer. It was a couple centimeters in depth on top of the […]



Models and Mud: It’s a ‘Mud Cruise’

By • May 29th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Posted for Saturday, May 22 Our cruise is a ‘mud cruise’ because we are taking sediment samples onto the boat.   Today we went out coring all day. Basically you lower the multi-corer down to the seafloor to collect sediment cores. (I tried to attach pictures, but I can’t load them with the available internet connection […]



Models and Mud: Life on the Kaharoa

By • May 28th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

From Friday, May 20 Field work has started with a bang. The ship left Auckland with most of the science crew on Tuesday and I met it in Gisborne when it arrived on Thursday. From Thursday until this coming Tuesday, we will be collecting as much data as possible. We will be replacing the batteries […]



Models and Mud: Connecting the River to the Model

By • May 18th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Finally, I’m near the study site! I’m now in Gisborne, the closest city to the Waipaoa River mouth, and about ~8 hours north by bus from Wellington. I met up with Joey Kiker, another graduate student from East Carolina University on the project. The rest of the crew should arrive by boat later today from […]