B. de Young

Brad deYoung
Honorary Research Professor
Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
Memorial University
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
A1B 3X7


Fax: 709.864.8739
E-Mail: bdeyoung at mun dot ca





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Ocean Gliders

Labrador Sea Vitals

OSNAP

Ocean Frontier Institute

MEOPAR

AtlantOS

Oceanography

Physics

Memorial


I am an active researcher keen to explore new paths to apply the knowledge and skills developed over a long career as an oceanographer. The ocean needs our help and we must find better ways to study the ocean, to work with the data collected about the ocean and to manage the challenges facing the ocean and, by implication, we as a society. Support for the development of new initiatives and programs to observe the ocean are important but so too are considerations of how to ensure that our work best addresses the needs of the ocean and society. I have been active in the planning of national and international science programs and the links to public policy and management and would like to explore new opportunites to link science and society and economy.

I am keenly interested in climate dynamics and am working to develop new techniques and approaches to making measurements in the Labrador Sea, through the deployment of ocean gliders and in collaborating with others. Dynamics of the Northwest Atlantic remains a focus for my field oceanography program but the issues and concerns about improving and enhancing our ability to observe and understand the ocean..

Policy

There are many different ways in which the ocean can be tied society. We rely on the oceans for the air that we breathe, for much of the food that we weat and for transportation. I am interested in the links with society. The question of how best to plan for a net zero carbon future recently led to a policy piece in The Conversation highlighting the importance of considering the ocean. I spent many years on a federal ministerial advisory panel - The Fisheries Reource Conversatuin Council - offer strategic advice on Canadian fisheries with three key reports on lobster , herring and crab . This work involved many open discussions with fish harvesters and consideration of science and social science issues. I co-chaired an exciting group that wrote a monograph on the future of Canadian fisheries in the face of climate change, a report that received alot of attention from federal fisheries managers.

Media

I like communicating about science and reach out whenever possible. Most recently I talked on the CBC Broadcast about waves in the ocean. I organized a piece on the impact of covid on ocean observations that was on the CBC National News. I have also been reaching out to let people know about our efforts to build a basin-scale observing system that will truly meet the needs of society. Our work on icebergs led to much media attention. I had fun producing a cartoon about the role of the Labrador Sea in breathing carbon-dioxide from the ocean that also received alot of attention. Reviews of science papers can lead to pieces on Israeli fish in the Guardian, or Baltic fish in Science. I have also talked about the risks associated with offshore oil development.

If you are interested in engaging in the research or would like to discuss or consider how to improve our understanding or management of this ocean upon which we rely, please reach out.

Teaching

I have developed several new courses over my time at Memorial. I remain interested in new ideas and integrating new computational approaches with teaching. I am not presently teaching.
  • Physics 3340 - Environmental Physics is a course that applies our understanding of physics to the environment around us.
  • Physics 6310 - Advanced Physical Oceanography is a course that covers the fundamentals of dynamics physical oceanography.
  • Physics 2820 - Computational Mechanics is designed to integrate computational techniques that are used in physics with the development of students' knowledge of classical mechanics.
  • Physics 6314 - Field Oceanography introduces students to the techniques and instrumentation of field oceanography.
  • Physics 3300 - Physical Oceanography covers the basic concepts and equations of ocean dynamics.
  • Physics 6316 - Ocean Data Analysis is about the collection and exploration of ocean data from the ocean.
  • Physics 6324 - Modelling in Ocean Ecology - I have taught this course a few times now and it changes depending on the students in the course and on my own interest at the time.

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WebContact - Brad deYoung Last updated - February 2021