Wavechasers and the Samoan Passage
Matthew Alford, University of Washington
The Wavechasers team travels to Samoa (experiencing Samoan culture and hospitality while there) to measure an undersea river 5 km beneath the sea surface. They measured skyscraper-sized internal gravity waves at those great depths, which break to produce strong turbulence in the flow. Understanding these deep waves and flows is critical to improving climate models.
Follow Dr. Alford's research on his website: http://wavechasers.uw.edu/