王童 (地球物理学専攻：D1) IPRC, University of Hawaii
2019/09/15 – 2019/12/18
I visited the University of Hawaii from September 15 to December 18.
During my first week in Honolulu, I participated in an international conference, OceanObs’19. I made a poster presentation throughout the poster sessions, introduced water mass anomalies in the North Pacific based on observational data. By talking with researchers from different countries and answering their questions, I received many useful recommendations and new perspectives on my current research.
After the conference, I started my study life in International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), located in the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. I was studying under the instructions of three professors, Professor Bo Qiu, Professor Kelvin Richards, and Professor Niklas Schneider. They are very kind that they help me not only on my study but also on my life. Whatever questions I asked during the discussions, they always answered with patience.
My aim there was to optimize my master thesis about evolutions of water mass anomalies, as well as to extend new methods to explain the causes and propagations of water mass anomalies, including quantifying the impacts of different processes through anomaly budget equation and using modeling outputs to calculate. I will continue the research after I come back to Sendai and make them parts of my PhD dissertation.
Besides the research, I also experienced cultural activities in Hawaii. The closing banquet of OceanObs’19 was a traditional Hawaiian party, Luau, where we enjoyed Hawaiian style dances, performances and fireworks. At Thanksgiving Day, other researchers in the university invited me to join a Thanksgiving Dinner with a big group, and I learned the spirits of sharing and giving in American culture.
I would appreciate GP-EES for giving me such a precious opportunity to study abroad.