UND Faculty Lecture Series 2017-2018
“The Color of the Ocean”
Department of Earth System Science & Policy
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
November 29, 2017, 4 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
Dr. Zhang – Oceanography
What determines the color of the ocean? The dissolved and suspended particles contained in the ocean interact with the light, modifying its propagation and color. These changes will, in turn, change the color of the ocean, or more specifically, the shade of blueness. By observing this apparent color/shade change of the ocean, particularly from different view angles, we can characterize these particles, because particles of different types and sizes interact with the light differently.
About the Presenter
Dr. Xiaodong Zhang is a professor at the Department of Earth System Science and Policy, School of Aerospace Sciences. He obtained a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Dalhousie University, Canada. Growing up in Qingdao, a coastal city in northern China, Dr. Zhang is passionate about studying the ocean. In particular, he is interested in studying the dynamics of microscopic particles, which form the base of the food chain. He finds that it is equally fascinating in studying lakes because no two lakes are the same.
Funding for the UND Faculty Lecture Series is provided by the Offices of the President and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.