Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

Volume 21 | Number 4 | December 2008

Special Issue: Coastal Ocean Processes

On the Cover: The cover art transforms an acoustic image of biological response to nonlinear internal waves (Figure 4 in Moum et al., this issue) to represent the suite of processes that may be ubiquitous in the global coastal ocean. CoOP’s organizing assumption is that a finite set of dominant processes controls the basic characteristics of all coastal environments. These processes differ in relative importance on a range of temporal and spatial scales, resulting in the observed variability of coastal ecosystems. CoOP’s goal has been to promote strategic interdisciplinary, process-oriented research at locations that differ in their relative mix of controlling processes to provide fundamental insights that can be applied to many coastal settings. Artwork by Anna Boyette, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
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Coastal Ocean Processes Program: Advancing Interdisciplinary Research and Technology Development
Jahnke, R.A., M.R. Roman, and K.H. Brink. 2008. Coastal Ocean Processes program: Advancing interdisciplinary research and technology development. Oceanography 21(4):18–21, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.01.

Small-Scale Processes in the Coastal Ocean
Moum, J.N., J.D. Nash, and J.M. Klymak. 2008. Small-scale processes in the coastal ocean. Oceanography 21(4):22–33, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.02.

Investigations of Air-Sea Gas Exchange in the CoOP Coastal Air-Sea Chemical Exchange Project
Edson, J.B., M.D. DeGrandpre, N. Frew, and W.R. McGillis. 2008. Investigations of air-sea gas exchange in the CoOP Coastal Air-Sea Chemical Exchange project. Oceanography 21(4):34–45, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.03.

New Insights into the Controls and Mechanisms of Plankton Productivity in Coastal Upwelling Waters of the Northern California Current System
Kudela, R.M., N.S. Banas, J.A. Barth, E.R. Frame, D.A. Jay, J.L. Largier, E.J. Lessard, T.D. Peterson, and A.J. Vander Woude. 2008. New insights into the controls and mechanisms of plankton productivity in coastal upwelling waters of the northern California Current System. Oceanography 21(4):46–59, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.04.

Coastal Sediment Dynamics and River Discharge as Key Factors Influencing Coastal Ecosystem Productivity in Southeastern Lake Michigan
S.E. Lohrenz, G.L. Fahnenstiel, O. Schofield, and D.F. Millie. 2008. Coastal sediment dynamics and river discharge as key factors influencing coastal ecosystem productivity in southeastern Lake Michigan. Oceanography 21(4):60–69, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.05.

Biological Responses in a Dynamic Buoyant River Plume
Moline, M.A., T.K. Frazer, R. Chant, S. Glenn, C.A. Jacoby, J.R. Reinfelder, J. Yost, M. Zhou, and O. Schofield. 2008. Biological responses in a dynamic buoyant river plume. Oceanography 21(4):70–89, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.06.

Why is the Northern End of the California Current System So Productive?
Hickey, B.M., and N.S. Banas. 2008. Why is the northern end of the California Current System so productive? Oceanography 21(4):90–107, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.07.

The Decadal View of the Mid-Atlantic Bight from the COOLroom: Is Our Coastal System Changing?
Schofield, O., R. Chant, B. Cahill, R. Castelao, D. Gong, A. Kahl, J. Kohut, M. Montes-Hugo, R. Ramadurai, P. Ramey, X. Yi, and S. Glenn. 2008. The decadal view of the Mid-Atlantic Bight from the COOLroom: Is our coastal system changing? Oceanography 21(4):108–117, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.08.

Winter-Spring Storms and Their Influence on Sediment Resuspension, Transport, and Accumulation Patterns in Southern Lake Michigan
Eadie, B.J., J.A. Robbins, J.V. Klump, D.J. Schwab, and D.N. Edgington. 2008. Winter-spring storms and their influence on sediment resuspension, transport, and accumulation patterns in southern Lake Michigan. Oceanography 21(4):118–135, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.09.

Progress in Coastal Ocean Modeling During CoOP
Samelson, R.M., J.S. Allen, and P. MacCready. 2008. Progress in coastal ocean modeling during CoOP. Oceanography 21(4):136–147, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.10.

Dispersal of the Hudson River Plume in the New York Bight: Synthesis of Observational and Numerical Studies During LaTTE
Chant, R.J., J. Wilkin, W. Zhang, B.-J. Choi, E. Hunter, R. Castelao, S. Glenn, J. Jurisa, O. Schofield, R. Houghton, J. Kohut, T.K. Frazer, and M.A. Moline. 2008. Dispersal of the Hudson River plume in the New York Bight: Synthesis of observational and numerical studies during LaTTE. Oceanography 21(4):148–161, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.11.

Dynamics of Seafloor Processes: Advances from Benthic Observing Technologies
Jahnke, D.B., and R.A. Jahnke. 2008. Dynamics of seafloor processes: Advances from benthic observing technologies. Oceanography 21(4):162–163, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.12.

Monitoring the Seafloor Using the Noninvasive Eddy Correlation Technique: Integrated Benthic Exchange Dynamics
Berg, P., and M. Huettel. 2008. Monitoring the seafloor using the noninvasive eddy correlation technique: Integrated benthic exchange dynamics. Oceanography 21(4):164–167, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.13.

Quantifying Benthic Exchange of Fine Sediment via Continuous, Noninvasive Measurements of Settling Velocity and Bed Erodibility
Friedrichs, C.T., G.M. Cartwright, and P.J. Dickhudt. 2008. Quantifying benthic exchange of fine sediment via continuous, noninvasive measurements of settling velocity and bed erodibility. Oceanography 21(4):168–172, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.14.

Kilo Nalu: Physical/Biogeochemical Dynamics Above and Within Permeable Sediments
Sansone, F.J., G. Pawlak, T.P. Stanton, M.A. McManus, B.T. Glazer, E.H. DeCarlo, M. Bandet, J. Sevadjian, K. Stierhoff, C. Colgrove, A.B. Hebert, and I.C. Chen. 2008. Kilo Nalu: Physical/biogeochemical dynamics above and within permeable sediments. Oceanography 21(4):173–178, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.15.

Forcing and Dynamics of Seafloor-Water Column Exchange on a Broad Continental Shelf
Savidge, W.B., A. Gargett, R.A. Jahnke, J.R. Nelson, D.K. Savidge, R.T. Short, and G. Voulgaris. 2008. Forcing and dynamics of seafloor-water column exchange on a broad continental shelf. Oceanography 21(4):179–184, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.16.


On the Movement of Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska: Simulations of Tidal and Environmental Impacts Using a Hydrodynamic Inundation Model
Ezer, T., R. Hobbs, and L.-Y. Oey. 2008. On the movement of beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska: Simulations of tidal and environmental impacts using a hydrodynamic inundation model. Oceanography 21(4):186–195, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.17.


QUARTERDECK • In Review—NOT (with an exception)
Kappel, E.S. 2008. Quarterdeck: In review—NOT (with an exception). Oceanography 21(4):5, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.18.

FROM THE PRESIDENT • Questions for TOS Members
Thoroughgood, C. 2008. From the President: Questions for TOS members. Oceanography 21(4):7, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.19.

COMMENTARY • The Business of Ocean Science
Leinen, M. 2008. Trends: The business of ocean science. Oceanography 21(4):8–9, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.20.

COMMENTARY • Ocean Literacy— There's More to it Than Content
Cudaback, C. 2008. Commentary: Ocean literacy—There’s more to it than content. Oceanography 21(4):10–11, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.21.

RIPPLE MARKS • Newest UNESCO World Heritage Site | DNA Barcoding Reaches the Deep Sea | Ahoy, Matey: Here Be Pirates | Nature's Investment Bank
Dybas, C.L. 2008. Ripple marks—The story behind the story. Oceanography 21(4):12–15, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.22.

Jahnke, R.A., and D.B. Jahnke. 2008. From the Guest Editors. Oceanography 21(4):17, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.23.

HANDS-ON OCEANOGRAPHY • A Tabletop Demonstration of Atmospheric Dynamics: Baroclinic Instability
Nadiga, B.T., and J.M. Aurnou. 2008. Hands-on oceanography: A tabletop demonstration of atmospheric dynamics—Baroclinic instability. Oceanography 21(4):196–201, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.24.

THE OCEANOGRAPHY CLASSROOM • Working Away From Home—The First Installment
Boxall, S. 2008. The oceanography classroom: Working away from home—The first installment. Oceanography 21(4):202–204, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.25.

BOOK REVIEW • Microbial Ecology of the Oceans (Second Edition)
Pomeroy, L.R. 2008. Review of Microbial Ecology of the Oceans (Second Edition), edited by D.L. Kirchman. Oceanography 21(4):205–206, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.26.

BOOK REVIEW • Oceans Past: Management Insights from the History of Marine Animal Populations
Fogarty, M.J. 2008. Review of Oceans Past: Management Insights from the History of Marine Animal Populations, edited by D.J. Starkey, P. Holm, and M. Barnard. Oceanography 21(4):206–208, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.27.

BOOK REVIEW • Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Second Edition)
Wust, R. 2008. Review of Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Second Edition), by W.J. Burroughs. Oceanography 21(4):208–209, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.28.

AWARDS • The 2008 Jerlov Award
Awards: The 2008 Jerlov Award presented to T. Waterman. 2008. Oceanography 21(4):210–211.

Special Issue Guest Editors

Richard A. Jahnke | Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, GA, USA
Deborah B. Jahnke | Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, GA, USA


The production of this issue was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through grant number OCE-0301872 to the CoOP Program Office. Research discoveries presented in the contributions were made possible with support from NSF, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as referenced in individual acknowledgements in each contribution. The views herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funding organizations.