What do you do when you're sitting in your office at the end of a summer day and you hear there's 7 foot waves projected over Lake Michigan for the next day? If you're interested in the production of particles from wave breaking processes over the Great lakes like we are in the Pratt and Ault Labs, you grab your camping gear and whatever scientific instruments you can carry, and drive to the coast with only a few hours notice. Arriving at Van Buren State Park campground along the Lake Michigan coast a bit before midnight, Ault Lab summer graduate rotation student Isabel Colon-Bernal and I, Pratt Lab member Nate May, quickly set up our tents and aerosol sampling instruments in a protective case by car headlight and laid down for some needed rest.
|Campsite location with aerosol sampling instrument case on the bottom right.|
|High winds and waves were constant on Lake Michigan throughout the day.|
|Crashing waves on Lake Michigan made it almost seem like the ocean.|
|The aerosol sampling instrument case had a prime location on the beach during the first day of the study.|
|Sunset over Lake Michigan after a productive day of science on the beach.|
|The same location on Lake Michigan the day after the high wave event.|