Planning an Expedition to the Marshall Islands
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Class Description

We will plan an expedition to core lakes, bogs & lagoons in the Marshall Islands for the purpose of reconstructing hydrologic changes during the last 2,000 years, including ENSO & ITCZ.

Questions & Objectives:

-What are the best locations to core so that we sample the full range of climate?
-Identify suitable lakes, bogs &/or lagoons to core
-Make local contacts to help facilitate the fieldwork
-Identify & solve logistical hurdles getting our crew & gear around the islands
-What permits are required? How to obtain?

OCN 586a, Winter Quarter 2008
Course Title

Instructor: Julian Sachs

Office: OSB 521
Office Hours: By appointment (or just stop in)
Telephone: 221-5630

Meeting Times and Locations

Thursdays at 3-5 PM (beginning 1/10/08)
OSB 425

February 14 2008, 11:07 AM
Class Today (2/14) & Next Thurs (2/21)

Today I would like each of you to bring us up to date on your research. I would then like to work on the Final Report that I have started to put together, and discuss what each of your "chapters" should contain.

As of the beginning of class next week (2/21) I would like a near-final draft of our Final Report that we can put the finishing touches on during class if need be. Next week will be the last meeting of the class due to our Clipperton expedition.

If you have laptops please bring them to class today and next week so we can each be working on the Final Report document.

Thank you! See you this afternoon!


February 2 2008, 12:16 PM
Motivation & Targets Summary
A pdf file of Julian's summary of targets and associated material can be downloaded by clicking here.

February 2 2008, 11:27 AM
Our Working Website for this Class

Please go here to access the most up-to-date materials for our RMI expedition:

January 10 2008, 5:04 PM
Working Groups

Climate & Meterology - Alyssa ( & Chloe (

Northern RMI Targets - Eric (

Southern RMI Targets - Julian (

Logistics - Dan (

Our Expedition Planning Website
Marshall Islands Links
Bathymetric Map of Marshall Islands (USGS, 1999)
Julian Sachs' Homepage
University of Washington
UW School of Oceanography
UW Program on Climate Change