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Deployment of an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) in a 'trawl-resistant' mounting frame, used by Paul Work's GT-Savannah coastal engineering students to measure water column current velocity profiles.
The complexity of coastal processes and environments requires that this effort integrates research and education; adopts a holistic, system approach to the teaching and examination of coastal processes; ensures that concepts from other basic sciences (e.g., meteorology, hydrogeology, life sciences) are a fully integrated part of the instruction base; focuses classroom instruction on fundamental concepts and processes that are universal rather than on facts that may only apply to a single location or process; requires the partnering of engineers with geoscientists to ensure the use of mathematical techniques for applying concepts to environmental situations; and stresses problem-solving skills while meeting emerging workforce needs.
SkIO physical oceanography faculty Dana Savidge prepares an Acrobat for deployment. Acrobats are towed undulating vehicles containing conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) devices designed to measure ocean salinity, temperature, and depth at the rate of several samples per second. Wings on the vehicles allow them to be steered up and down through the water column (undulate) to gather information at all depths along the cruise track.

The joint program will offer a transformative coastal geoscience/engineering graduate educational curriculum currently completely absent in the US southeast and rare elsewhere in the country. It will forge a partnership between between two productive academic research entities, encourage participation by other System institutions and faculty, and serve as a model program for other US regions. The graduates of the program will be equipped to populate the future workforce to design and manage harbors, develop and maintain ocean observatory sensors and networks, model and predict invasive species and pathogen trajectories, and mitigate unforseen consequences of coastal habitation. Both institutions have considerable experience in the successful entrainment of underrepresented minorities into STEM educational tracks. Georgia Tech - Savannah's parent institution (Georgia Institute of Technology) is a member institution of AGEP and ranks first nationally in graduating minority engineers at the bachelor's and PhD degree levels and second in MS degrees for minority students. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography partners with regional HBCUs, through NSF's CIRE I and II programs and NOAA's Environmental Entrepreneurship Program, to facilitate the advancement of minority research opportunities.

About the Program
The National Science Foundation provided partial funding for the Joint Program in Coastal Ocean Science and Engineering

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