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a map of chaos under a super typhoon

Back in 2018, I joined an 8-week expedition to the Philippine Sea. While at sea, Super Typhoon Mangkhut swept over “us”. My colleagues and I used data from a set of autonomous profiling floats to make a 3D map of ocean motions under the storm. Our results suggest that ocean turbulence driven by typhoon winds lasts longer and reaches deeper than represented in current numerical models.

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Did Mexico truly have a revolution?

This is an essay I wrote for the course “Modern Mexico”, taught on Spring of 2021 by Prof. Matthew Vitz at UC San Diego. The Mexican…


About Me

HOLA, SOY NOEL

Earth-lover, software developer, loud mouth, and notorious eater

Originally, I trained to become a theoretical physicist, but my sanity required a change. Since I learned this, I have sought projects, communities, and places that value and encourage diversity in perspectives and methods. Some have described me as a rebel, but I’ll only make trouble when I’m willing to help make a solution.