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Week 3 & 4: completed first activities, attended the ASE conference & EARTH workshop

These two weeks have been very successful and fun. I completed the three activities Grant gave me to translate. Week 3 was really short though, we had Monday off due to the holiday and Friday too for the ASE interns because we went to OSU for our mid summer conference.

Week Two: More translating, oceanography camp field trip, database training, and Chipotle

This week I have continued to translate the classroom activities that Grant gave me.I have completed the two about hypoxia and density. Now I am almost done with the activity about adequate marine habitats for organisms.

End of week 1: MatLab and other things

Today is Friday and the end of my first week here. We (the high school interns) will be here at CMOP for eight weeks (37 days) total. Again, my frontline mentor is Grant. To start Grant gave me three classroom activities to be translated into Spanish. Because I have been doing other things, such as MatLab tutorial, I have only been able to complete one of the three activities he gave me. I must say that even though I am a native Spanish speaker it was difficult translating these scientific papers from English to Spanish.

Week 1 - brief intro


My name is Monica and I recently graduated from Westview High School and I plan to attend Portland State University this fall. I am happy to be back for the fourth summer at CMOP. These past years have been great and I hope this year will not be an exception. My senior mentor is Antonio Baptista but this year my frontline mentor is Grant. I will write more soon...



Week 8- The last week

This will be my last week here at CMOP, I have to say that I am very sad to leave. I felt this summer went by so fast, I cannot believe the eight weeks of my internship are over. I will soon be back to school, to my last year of high school.

Our main project was to analyze model data and data from the Phoebe glider. I felt that Matthew and I accomplished a lot this summer.

Week 5 & 6

Week 5:

Nate showed us how to compile all the Phoebe data into one place in MATLAB so what we could graph it all at once. Specifically, we looked at surface salinity (0-2.5m). After that we compared this layer's salinity to the modeled layer. By comparing these two graphs we were able to point out that at some points the two graphs looked very distinct. We saw that the model predicted higher salinities close to 34 psu. On the other hand the observations graph showed lower salinities, in some cases lower than 30 psu.

7/16 & 7/17

On Thursday all of the high school interns at CMOP were able to attend the Writer's Workshop that Sandra Oster prepared for us. We learned about English for Science and Technology and the different styles of writing that scientists use (scientific and technical). Sandra said that if you want to be a scientist you have to know how to write, that's true because scientists have to write grants and write about their experiments and their findings. The workshop was interesting and it helped me fresh my mind.

Wednesday July 15, 2009

This week our mentor is Nate Hyde, he has us comparing the models of the RDFS website and the actual observations. The first day all four of us were assigned a different model to examine, I was assigned the model CORIE FDB21. Our task was to determine what the model did well and what it did poorly.My model did fairly good except when it came to predicting for salinity near the river.

Week 3: 7/6/09 - 7/9/09

This week we were given the task to write a report about what we have accomplish so far in our project and what our recommendations are for the final product.

Week two: 06/29-07/02

After writing the essays about CMOP, gliders, wind-driven circulation, and hypoxia, we are now starting our real project. Since there are four of us, Antonio divided us into groups of two. I am working with Maria and our job is to see how salinity and fluorescence are distributed, their processes, how they change over time and other things like that, in the Columbia River estuary and the plume. Right now we are exploring the CMOP website and playing around with the model tools and generating cool-looking graphs that will later be helpful with our project.


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