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Chinese Scientist Visiting USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

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Jerome Li
Above: Jerome Li on board the research vessel Marion Dufresne, departing Singapore for the joint Chinese-French Marco Polo/IMAGES (International Marine Past Global Changes Study) cruise in the South China Sea, May 2005. [larger version]
Dr. Jianru (Jerome) Li, assistant professor from the State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, China, is visiting the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center for 9½ months, from March 15 to December 31, 2012. Jerome is a marine geologist by training. Both his M.S. and Ph.D. theses addressed the effect of variations in the Earth’s orbit (or “orbital forcing”) on the ocean carbon cycle. In recent years, he has been in charge of overseeing all of his laboratory’s seagoing research cruises—from planning to instrument acquisitions to logistic details.

During his USGS visit, Jerome will be working with Jingping Xu, George Tate, and our Marine Facility staff to develop a free-ascending tripod (FAT), a bottom-mount platform for the deep-sea environment, to be deployed in the South China Sea in early 2013. The tripod is one critical component of the project In-Situ Observation of Bottom Currents and Sediment Transport in the Northeastern South China Sea, a collaboration between the USGS and Tongji University. The near-term objective of this project is to collect oceanographic and sediment-dynamics data along the 2,500-meter bathymetric contour in the northeastern South China Sea where such data do not exist. The long-term scientific objectives are to understand (1) the bottom-boundary-layer processes and (2) the circulation of the near-bed current in the deep basin of the region. These factors are thought to control the source, transport, and deposition of the region’s deep-sea sediment and the evolution of the basin-scale sedimentary deposits. The project is part of an 8-year research program, the South China Sea Deep, funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.


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Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
South China Sea Deep
National Natural Science Foundation of China

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