Tuesday NOON BALLOON with Debra Tillinger


Global Context and Local Observations of the Indonesian Throughflow

Debra Tillinger

Tuesday December 8th
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall


Summary: The Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) is the only oceanic pathway through the lattice of islands that separate the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Through its role in the global conveyor belt circulation, it has a strong influence on climate. However, the complex geography of the region makes it difficult to observe directly. New results link limited observations to regional characteristics, allowing for an improved understanding of the ITF, its variability, and its interactions with El Nino-Southern Oscillation and other climate phenomena.

Debra Tillinger is a Ph.D. student in the department of Earth and environmental sciences, whose major field of interest is Physical Oceanography. Her research focuses on investigating the interannual time variability of the Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) transport and along channel speed with respect to El Nino-Southern Oscillation and the Indian Ocean Dipole Mode. The research also involves a broader examination of the role of the ITF in global heat transport and will include observational in situ data from moorings in the Makassar Strait, the main route of the Indonesian Throughflow. Historical hydrographic data and model output will be incorporated into a framework of geophysical fluid dynamics. Her adviser is Professor Arnold Gordon.

Debra received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Barnard College in 2004.

Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

All are welcome to attend!