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November 8, 2012 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Category: Seminar
Location: Welcome Center Auditorium
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President of Research is pleased to host the Water@Wayne Seminar on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center.   The presenter for this seminar will be Dr. David Schwab.   Dr. Schwab 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.

The title of his 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; however, there is little question that weather played a role in the disaster.   There were only a few surface weather observations available from the lake during the height of the storm so it is difficult to assess the true severity and meteorological rarity of the event.  In order to better identify weather conditions which likely occurred during the storm of November 9-10, 1975, high resolution numberical simulations were conducted in an attempt to assess wind and wave conditions throughout the storm.  The high temporal and spatial resolution of the model output helps provide a more detailed depiction of conditions on Lake Superior than has previously been available.

A small reception will follow the presentation in the Welcome Center Lobby (3:30-4:00 p.m.).

Note:   Parking is available in Parking Structure #6 on Putnam (between Cass and Woodward), the Visitors Gate.   Please bring your green receipt to Kathy at the Welcome Center Registration Desk for validation.

For more information about this event, please contact Kathy Spanos at 313-577-3783 or fa5387@wayne.edu.