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2 for 1 LECTURE: Currents in the Straits of Mackinac AND Weather during the Edmund Fitzgerald Storm of Nov. 10, 1975

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
4:00 AM
Gates Lecture Hall, University of Michigan Biological Station, 9133 Biological Rd., Pellston, MI 49769

Lake current modeling is at the heart of these two mini-talks, each a unique Great Lakes situation.

In the first part of this talk, Dave Schwab will discuss his study of the tricky and reversing currents of the Mackinac Straits. Then he will share his analysis of weather data from November 10, 1975, and reveal the unique conditions that sank the tanker Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior.

Dave Schwab holds a Ph.D. in Oceanic Science from The University of Michigan. Schwab is a world-renowned expert on hydrodynamic modeling of the Great Lakes and other coastal regions. He was influential in designing, developing, and implementing a comprehensive coastal forecasting system for the Great Lakes which is currently in use by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. He is currently a research scientist with the University of Michigan Water Center.