UW Oceanography
contact info · Barbara Hickey, PI


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projects Columbia River plume studies Pacific Northwest coast & estuaries Harmful algal blooms

Southern California Bight

  RISE (external link)

Willapa Bay




Exuma Sound, Bahamas

Historical CM Data

Historical CTD Data


(mooring data repository)

PNWTOX (external link)

GLOBEC Northeast Pacific

This site is an oceanographic data repository for Dr. Barbara Hickey's research group at the University of Washington. All data listed below are available to the public. These data have been collected with support from a variety of sources including Washington Sea Grant, the NOAA Coastal Ocean Program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Naval Research, the NOAA National Undersea Research Program, the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, Washington State Parks Service, and the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary.
The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the investigators/participants/authors and do not reflect the views of NSF, NOAA or the Department of Commerce.



Columbia River plume studies & the RISE project back to top

RISE home page (external link)

model animations: idealized Columbia plume under changing winds


B.M. Hickey, S.L. Geier, N.B. Kachel, A. MacFadyen (2005) A bi-directional river plume: The Columbia in summer. Cont. Shelf Res., 25, 1631-1656, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2005.04.010.

I. Garcia Berdeal, B.M. Hickey, and M. Kawase (2002) Influence of wind stress and ambient flow on a high discharge river plume. J. Geophys. Res., 107(C9),1-24, doi:10.1029/2001JC000932.

B.M. Hickey, L.J. Pietrafesa, D.A. Jay, and W.C. Boicourt (1998) The Columbia River Plume Study: subtidal variability in the velocity and salinity field. J. Geophys. Res., 103(C5), 10339-10368, doi:10.1029/97JC03290.


Harmful algal blooms back to top

ECOHAB PNW home page (external link)

our ORHAB work (data + modeling)

ORHAB home page (external link)


A. MacFadyen, B.M. Hickey and M.G.G. Foreman (2005) Transport of surface waters from the Juan de Fuca eddy region to the Washington coast. Cont. Shelf Res., 25, 2008-2021, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2005.07.005.

A. MacFadyen, B.M Hickey and W.P. Cochlan (2008) Influences of the Juan de Fuca Eddy on circulation, nutrients, and phytoplankton production in the northern California Current System. J. Geophys. Res.,113(C8), 2156-2202, doi:10.1029/2007JC004412.


Northwest coast estuaries back to top

Willapa Bay home page

data archive:
Willapa Bay / Grays Harbor / Coos Bay

data archive:









N.S. Banas and B.M. Hickey (2005) Mapping exchange and residence time in a model of Willapa Bay, Washington, a branching, macrotidal estuary. J. Geophys. Res., 110 (C11011), doi:10.1029/2005JC002950.

N.S. Banas, B.M. Hickey, P. MacCready, J.A. Newton (2004) Dynamics of Willapa Bay, Washington: A highly unsteady partially mixed estuary. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 34 2413-2427.

B.M. Hickey and N.S. Banas (2003) Oceanography of the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast and estuaries with application to coastal ecology. Estuaries, 26(4), 1010-1031, doi:10.1007/BF02803360.

B.M. Hickey, X. Zhang, and N.S. Banas (2002) Coupling between the California Current System and a coastal plain estuary in low riverflow conditions. J. Geophys. Res., 107, doi:10.1029/1999JC000160.



T.P. Connolly, B.M. Hickey, S.L. Geier, and W.P. Cochlan (2010) Processes influencing seasonal hypoxia in the northern California Current system. J. Geophys. Res., 115(C3021), doi:10.1029/2009JC005283.


GLOBEC Northeast Pacific back to top

US GLOBEC Northeast Pacific home page (external link)

data archive



Southern California Bight back to top
data archive


B.M. Hickey, E.L. Dobbins, and S.E. Allen (2003) Local and remote forcing of currents and temperature in the central Southern California Bight. J. Geophys. Res., 108(C3), doi:10.1029/2000JC000313.

Exuma Sound, Bahamas back to top
(data archive under construction)




Personnel & Contact Info

Principal Investigator

Dr. Barbara Hickey

University of Washington
School of Oceanography
Box 355351
Seattle, WA 98195-5351


S. Geier
Recent Graduate Students
Dr. Tom Connolly
Dr. Amy MacFadyen
Dr. Ryan McCabe
Dr. Neil Banas

this page updated 06/22/2017 by S. Geier