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Sea Level and Ocean Circulation

Changes in sea level cause coastal flooding, loss of wetlands, and erosion of sandy beaches. Changes in ocean currents affect hurricane activity, rainfall patterns, and temperatures on land. Here in the Piecuch Lab at WHOI, we answer basic questions about sea level and ocean circulation in a changing climate.

Team members study how and why sea level and ocean currents vary across space and time.

Our research is supported by NSF, NASA, and WHOI.

Our findings are published in >60 papers in >20 different journals.

Our work has been featured by various media outlets.

Want to know more about the Lab? Get in touch!

Want to know more about the Lab? Get in touch!

News

Jun.
2022

Chris submitted a paper to Journal of Physical Oceanography that studies how increased river flow caused sea level to rise over the past century at Buenos Aires and Montevideo in South America's Río de la Plata.

Jun.
2022

Chris and Kelly spent two weeks on Prince Edward Island coring salt marshes to reconstruct past sea level with colleagues at Tufts, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Trinity College, and Maynooth University.

Jun.
2022

Chris won an award through WHOI's Ocean and Climate Innovation Accelerator (OCIA) to work with Sarah Das and Levi Gorrell to develop a low-cost ultrasonic sensor for monitoring coastal flooding and sea level.

Jun.
2022

Chris was featured in an AccuWeather story highlighting his Nature paper on US East Coast subsidence.