Reiko P. Michisaki
|When I'm not diving or taking photographs you can find me sitting in front of a computer where I process biological data from oceans around the world.|
Currently I am working on a new data system for our Monterey Bay Time Series.
In addition I am working on a manuscript with Dr. Francisco Chavez, "Patterns and
the regulation of primary productivity in the coastal upwelling system of Monterey Bay".
This manuscript will be part of a special edition of DEEP-SEA RESEARCH on the
Monterey Bay. This project is headed by Dr. Francisco Chavez. The publication of
this work will be in 1998.
We're excited by the recent El Nino Southern Oscillation
(ENSO) event that is occuring in
the Pacific Ocean right now. Fortunately, we had deployed two instrumented moorings
on the equator at the 150th and 170th meridion just about the time the El Nino event
began. This is part of the TAO (Tropical Atomosphere Ocean) Array of observation moorings.
We've also been tracking the sea surface temperature off the coast of Peru, at Paita, Chicama, Chimbote.
With our instrumented moorings in Monterey Bay we hope
to be able to pick up the El Nino signal as it passes along the California coast. The West Coast El Nino Watch Advisories
show the monthly
Sea Surface Temperature (SST) means and anomalies.
And finally, for our Information & Technology Dissemination
department, Western Flyer first mate, Greg Edge, and I have put together a poster
presentation on the Building of
the Western Flyer, our newest research vessel.