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Ocean Exchange Team

Stephan O’Brien

Senior Research Associate, University of South Florida

Hydrographic Scientist with experience in multibeam mapping, multibeam backscatter, and investigating sediment and particulate matter transport pathways.

He is a Hydrographic Scientist with expertise in multibeam mapping, multibeam backscatter analysis, and the investigation of sediment and particulate matter transport pathways. He applies multibeam bathymetry and multibeam backscatter techniques to contribute to activities such as updating nautical charts, sediment characterization, marine conservation initiatives, and environmental surveys.

His proficiency extends to numerical modeling and remote sensing, which he employs for the calibration and validation of hydrodynamic sediment models. Additionally, he conducts research to analyze the adverse effects of environmental conditions like cold fronts and increased river discharge on coastal erosion and deposition. This research sheds light on the influence of oceanic factors, including ocean currents and tidal movement, as well as meteorological conditions on sediment transport along the seabed from the nearshore region to the continental shelf. These sediment transport pathways have significant implications for land loss and property damage in the nearshore coastal areas.

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“Ocean Exchange has a platform to enable people with information that they need to know about the ocean and then to showcase new technologies that are on the forefront of really helping the ocean and the planet.”

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