Forecasting dissolved oxygen conditions

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
The coastal waters of central Chilean are renowned for the frequent and intense upwelling of nutrient rich waters driving extremely high levels of primary productivity and an incredibly rich ecosystem. The flipside of the coin is that the upwelled waters are also commonly low n (and occasionally completely devoid of) dissolved oxygen, providing a significant stress on any organisms unable to flee. As a result, massive fish kills due to shoaling of the Oxygen Minimum Zone (OMZ) are not an uncommon event on the Chilean coast, especially during El Nino events. This project aims to assess the best way to observe, and forecast, the depth of the OMZ, through analysis of global ocean models and the implementation of a numerical ocean forecasting system.
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Reference Number: RP-47721