Rutgers Oceanography graduate student, Marie McCrary, researches freshwater changes in the Beaufort Sea. In October 2017, Marie applied RCI travel grant funds to attend the Forum for Arctic Modeling and Observational Synthesis (FAMOS) meeting in Woods Hole, MA as the work was directly related to her research.
The goal of FAMOS meeting is to improve understanding of model output and observational data which shows changes in the Arctic Ocean over the past 20 years. These changes include increased water temperature and freshwater content and decreased sea ice cover. The FAMOS School for new scientists, held on the first day of the meeting covered many topics such as types of climate models, snow and sea ice, and mixing and eddies. The subsequent days included presentations on sea ice, biogeochemical modeling, freshwater transport, and the global effects of a changing Arctic. During the meeting, Marie presented a poster on her research: A Lagrangian Analysis of Freshwater Transport in the Arctic. Marie noted, “I met many potential collaborators and received excellent feedback on my poster presentation and this experience was vital in forming my dissertation topic.”