ICS Lecture: “Tides and Currents of the Caribbean Sea”

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As part of Conferencias Caribeñas 12 Series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras invites the academic community and the public at large to the lecture “Las mareas y corrientes del Mar Caribe” [Tides and Currents of the Caribbean Sea] by Dr. Jorge Capella (CarICOOS). Dr. Maritza Barreto (Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Science, UPR-RP) will serve as commentator.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 1:00-3:30pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre in the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: The main topic of this paper is the movement of the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Due to large differences in the scales of time and space, it is useful to divide them into two basic types: tides and currents. Tides are vertical and horizontal movements of the water produced by the attraction of the Sun and the Moon, while an ocean current is a continuous translational motion of seawater. We begin with a comprehensive approach, where we will place the dynamics of the Caribbean Sea in the context of ocean circulation, focusing on coastal currents around Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Then we will cover the tides and low frequency changes in sea level.

For more information on CarICOOS, see http://www.caricoos.org

All lectures will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71***

Comments and suggestions on the presentation will be welcome at iec-ics@upr.edu

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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