What controls the exchange of waters between estuaries and the coastal ocean? How do winds, waves, tides and river runoff affect these exchanges? How do coastal and estuarine circulation affect the transport of sediments, oxygen, nutrients, fish and invertebrate larvae, pH, and pollutants? How is climate change impacting the dynamics of coastal ecosystems?
In the Era of Big Data, the Mazzini Lab use creative and novel ways to understand the complexity of the ocean, combining information from a wide range of sources, such as observations made from cutting edge technologies including underwater gliders, moorings, shipboard data, drifters, satellite remote sensing, High-Frequency radars, and numerical modeling.
Locally, our work focuses in the Gulf of the Farallones and in the San Francisco Bay estuary, but we have ongoing collaborations in both East and West coast of the US and South America. Our work also contributes to the missions of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS).