My name is Sian Seymour and I am in the process of completing my master's degree in Applied Ocean Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. It is an interdisciplinary taught master's program comprising of six months of coursework in statistics, Marine Biology and Oceanography, and a six month mini-dissertation. Prior to my studies at UCT, I completed both my undergraduate degree and honour’s degree in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University in 2015 and 2016.
For my master's thesis I looked at coastal wind variability and wind forcing in False Bay, South Africa. False Bay is a large natural bay flanked on its east and west by coastal mountains which influence the variability of the wind regime. High resolution (1 km) coastal winds derived from the Sentinel-1 satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) were used to explore coastal wind variability during the predominantly south-easterly wind regime and to examine the effects of wind forcing on sea surface temperatures and chlorophyll concentrations. Additionally, I compared the SAR winds speed to winds from a high resolution global atmospheric model to determine if such models capture the orographic effects on the wind regime.
After the completion of my master's I hope to get a job in ocean sciences to gain a few years of working experience and eventually pursue a PhD in Physical Oceanography.