Research Topics

great bay estuary
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
Funded by USDA/Natural Resource Conservation Service; 2005-20080 this project is part of the NRCS Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) and is aimed at implementing multispecies restoration of estuarine habitat consisting mainly of shellfish and eelgrass.
The Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy was established to fill the need for an international training center for government officials and scholars in oceans law and policy following the successful negotiation of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and its subsequent agreements. This international treaty has become known as “the constitution of the oceans” and it has been widely ratified by nations. John Norton Moore, Director of the Center for Ocean Law and Policy at the University of Virginia, and Nikos Skourtos, Director of the Aegean Institute, together with other experts, established the Academy in Rhodes, Greece.
As many of you know, we were forced by the Covid-19 pandemic to cancel the 2020 Rhodes Academy. As we look forward to the 2021 session, there is a very real possibility that the pandemic will still be with us and make holding the Academy unfeasible in Greece. We are very much aware of this dilemma and are currently investigating strategies and options for holding a virtual Rhodes Academy in 2021. This could potentially be a full roster of classes that could be accessed online by admitted students at a reduced attendance fee. We urge everyone who wishes to attend the 2021 Rhodes Academy to apply. We very much hope we will be able to hold the session as usual in Greece. The Directors will decide before the April 12, 2021 application deadline whether we will be able to go forward with in-person classes in Rhodes. By that time, we will have more clarity about our back-up plan, a virtual 2021 session of the Academy.
seafloor mapping
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory
We use custom-made underwater videography systems to map the seafloor for a variety of purposes.
eelgrass
Jackson Estuarine Laboratory
Seagrass ecology research at the Marine School emphasizes the functional role and ecology of macroscopic marine algae (seaweeds) in nearshore coastal and estuarine habitats.
Thanks to a $5 million gift, the University of New Hampshire will transform and expand its existing open ocean aquaculture site into the UNH Sustainable Seafood Field Laboratory. This first-of-its-kind field lab will provide the critical data needed to monitor local environment conditions and the aquaculture system’s impact on natural fisheries.
Wind Energy Turbine
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy
Wind turbines operating in the wake of upstream turbines experience power losses due to wake effects. Upwind turbines can intentionally be yawed to deflect the wakes to increase the power output of the downstream turbines, which may increase the overall power production of a wind farm.
Wind Tunnel
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy
Wind turbine arrays of up to 100 model wind turbines are studied experimentally in the UNH Flow Physics Facility (FPF), a large flow-physics-quality boundary layer wind tunnel with test section dimensions of 6 m wide, 2.7 m tall and 72 m long.
Wind Turbine Wake Studies
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy
The development of the turbulent wakes generated by two 1 m diameter turbine models were studied in the UNH Flow Physics Facility [link], which provides a unique test environment due to its large size. Individual model wind turbines scale can be studied with minimal blockage effects and facilitate access to wind turbine wake physics at meaningful Reynolds numbers, provide reference data sets for numerical model validation or the development of wind farm control algorithms.
Juvenile Wolffish
Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex
Estuaries are essential habit for juvenile winter flounder. UNH researchers are working to determine which estuaries are most productive so that they can be protected better to insure successful winter flounder recruitment.