Welcome to the Coastal Oceanography Lab



The Coastal Oceanography Laboratory (COLAB) is part of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at William & Mary. We are situated in the Chesapeake Bay at Gloucester Point, Virginia.

COLAB’s mission is to advance our understanding of how the coastal ocean works. We study the circulation and dynamics of the coastal ocean and estuaries, with special interest to questions that can benefit society and aid in the proper management of our oceans and coastal regions.

To understand the high complexity of the ocean, we use a combination of in situ observations from moorings, shipboard data, lagrangean drifters, satellite remote sensing, High-Frequency land-based radars, autonomous underwater vehicle and numerical modeling.

We are looking for passionate new Graduate students to join the team (more info) !



NEWS

  • 28 Mar 2022 » Fieldwork: NSF Research Cruise - San Francisco Bay Plume
  • 17 Mar 2022 » Spatial patterns in aragonite saturation horizon over the northern California shelf (New paper published)
  • 05 Mar 2022 » OSM 2022 Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii (virtual)
  • 08 Jan 2022 » Marine heatwaves in the Chesapeake Bay (New paper published)
  • 18 Dec 2021 » Congrats to Nick Carver for his defense !
  • 11 Sep 2020 » New PhD Position Available for Fall 2021
  • 09 Jul 2020 » Sediment Budget Estimates for a Highly Impacted Embayment with Extensive Wetland Loss (New paper published)
  • 09 Jun 2020 » New Award from National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 08 Jun 2020 » Saildrone: adaptively sampling the marine environment (New Paper published)
  • 22 Feb 2020 » OSM 2020 Conference - San Diego, CA
  • 10 Feb 2020 » Big News: COLAB moved to Virginia Institute of Marine Science at William & Mary
  • 13 Dec 2019 » New Underwater Glider line off Point Arena, California
  • 18 Oct 2019 » The impact of wind-forcing on the thermal wind shear of a river plume (New paper published)
  • 17 Oct 2019 » Symposium on “Connections between the San Francisco Bay and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary”
  • 02 Oct 2019 » EPOC 2019 Conference - South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • 23 Sep 2019 » OceanObs 2019 Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 30 Jul 2019 » Session was accepted - 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • 01 Jul 2019 » CeNCOOS (IOOS - NOAA) - New Research Grant
  • 14 May 2019 » Congrats Behlie Langel
  • 29 Jan 2019 » Two New Research Projects
  • 19 Oct 2018 » PECS Conference
  • 04 Sep 2018 » Turbulent mixing in a far-field plume during the transition to upwelling conditions: microstructure observations from an AUV (New paper published)
  • 16 Jul 2018 » New technology to collect data: Smartfin
  • 28 May 2018 » COLAB in the News
  • 16 Apr 2018 » Saildrone
  • 15 Apr 2018 » Annual phytoplankton blooming using satellite-derived chlorophyll-a data around the Vitória-Trindade Chain, Southeastern Brazil (New paper published)
  • 19 Feb 2018 » COLAB was at 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • 16 Nov 2017 » Abstracts were accepted - 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting
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