Tailgating, CC&E Style: Oceanography Professor Presents Hands-on Game Day Exhibit


On a couple of recent game days, LSU football fans walking past the Energy, Coast & Environment Building on their way to Tiger Stadium encountered a different kind of tailgating event: Giulio Mariotti, assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, along with a few CC&E graduate students, had set up a canopy along the western edge of the building that featured a family-friendly, hands-on exhibit that included a wave tank demonstrating how ripples quickly form on sand beds a rotating annular flume illustrating the flow motion underneath ocean waves a six-foot-long settling tube filled with gravel, sand, silt, and mud showing how different sediments deposit after a storm salty water colored with food dye, which visualized how water stratifies in the ocean “donuts of air” pushed out of a “vortex cannon,” illustrating basic concepts of atmospheric circulation.

“Fans of all ages stopped by the booth to look at the exhibit and ask questions about coastal processes and erosion,” said Mariotti. “A few stuck their hands in the sand and mud, experiencing first person the processes that shape coastal Louisiana.”

Mariotti plans to set up the popular exhibit again in the same location for the LSU-Florida game on November 19, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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