Exploratorium Lab and Lunch: Dynamic Waters

Event has passed (Wed Sep 18, 2013 - Wed Sep 18, 2013)
City, Museums, Educational Event


“Dynamic Waters: San Francisco Bay's Surface Currents, or How to Study the Ocean Without Getting Wet!” with Toby Garfield, Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State's Field Station on the Bay. Using high-tech instruments and new visualizing capabilities Toby Garfield’s group at Romberg Tiburon Center are providing new ways to determine how currents affect the biology of the Bay, as well as how pollutants, particles and small vessels are daily buffeted by dynamic currents. Come meet Toby and learn more about the currents that define San Francisco Bay, and how RTC and the Exploratorium are working together to find new ways to reveal the dynamics of our local hydrology.

Toby Garfield is the Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Garfield who is both a professor and researcher runs a long-term project studying ocean current circulation along the pacific coast as well as within the Bay. Using both traditional tools and new technologies of satellites and autonomous sampling vehicles he has studied ocean circulation throughout the US and South America. Currently he is engaged in a research project establishing a network of surface current monitors to create tools for viewing and monitoring the complex circulation patterns in the SF Bay and ocean in near real-time.

The Exploratorium’s Lab and Lunch is a free lunchtime series for adults that explores new work and collaborations between visiting scientists, educators, or artists and Exploratorium staff. Spend your lunch break in the Exploratorium’s beautiful Bay Observatory gallery, get a free* catered lunch, and learn about new research and work-in progress, see demos and meet visiting scientists. The series is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

*There is no cost to attend the Lab and Lunch program, but you must RSVP in order to get a lunch. A limited number of lunches are available. To RSVP, call 415-528-4646. If you wish to also visit the Exploratorium, you must purchase a general admission ticket.


  1. Exploratorium
    Pier 15, San Francisco, CA