Detroit, MI 48201
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the Water@Wayne Seminar on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center Auditorium. The presenter will be Dr. David Schwab, who is a Physical Oceanographer and head of the Ecological Modeling and Forecasting Division at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI. His specific research interests include theoretical, numerical and observational investigations of circulation, thermal structure, seiches, storm surges wind waves and air-sea interaction.
The title of Dr. Schwab's presentation is: The Role of Weather in the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald". There has been considerable debate concerning the specific cause of the loss of the ship Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, but there is little question that weather played a role in the disaster. In order to better identify weather conditions which likely occurred during the storm of November 9-10, 1975, high resolution numerical simulations were conducted in an attempt to assess wind and wave conditions throughout the storm.
A small reception will be held immediately following, 3:30-4:00 p.m., in the Welcome Center Lobby.