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Scientists discover that meteotsunamis can cause rip currents

Drownings during a tragic day on Lake Michigan in 2003 came under scrutiny recently by Wisconsin Sea Grant scientists who are studying a storm-induced wave called a meteotsunami. Their results were published in “Scientific Reports.” The article details findings that a storm formed a moderate-height meteotsunami, which is what went on to cause the unexpected rip currents. Although these conditions may not be rare, this is the first time researchers have verified a meteotsunami-generated rip current.

Theresa Qualls hired as Wisconsin Clean Marina Program coordinator

Theresa Qualls is coming back to her work roots with her hire as the Clean Marina Program coordinator for Wisconsin. Qualls helped get the program started with former coordinator, Victoria Harris. The Clean Marina Program is designed to reduce pollution from marinas to protect Wisconsin’s waterways.

Emergency management topic of next River Talk

The River Talk series continues at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Lake Superior Estuarium (3 Marina Drive, Superior, Wis.). John Sager with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Dean Johnston with the U.S. Coast Guard, Dave Sletten with Douglas County and Kevin Mustonen with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, will present “Handling Hazards and Dealing With Disasters: Emergency Management in the Estuary.”

A flight of Great Lakes learning

An exhibit at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison from now until July offers a wealth of learning about the Great Lakes. On the airport terminal’s ground floor near the ticket counters, Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Graphic Designer Yael Gen has covered five 63-by-48-inch display cases with expansive and colorful photomurals representing themes of sustainability, Read more about A flight of Great Lakes learning[…]

Knauss Fellowship celebrates 40 years in 2019

Since 1982, the marine-science and marine-policy career hopes and dreams of 28 Wisconsin scholars were sparked and nurtured into a blaze due to something known as the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, which celebrates a 40-year anniversary this year. The nationally competitive 12-month Washington, D.C.-based fellowship matches graduate students with an interest in ocean, Read more about Knauss Fellowship celebrates 40 years in 2019[…]