The Physical Oceanography Division (PhOD) is a part of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) together with the Ocean Chemistry and Hurricane Research Divisions. The Physical Oceanography Division carries out interdisciplinary scientific investigations of the physics of ocean currents and water properties, and on the role of the ocean in climate, extreme weather events, and ecosystems. The tools used to carry out these studies range from sensors on deep ocean moorings to satellite-based instruments to measurements made on research and commercial shipping vessels and autonomous vehicles, and include data analysis and numerical modeling as well as theoretical approaches.
- Meso-to-large scale dynamics and variability of ocean currents;
- The redistribution of heat, salt and momentum through the oceans;
- The interactions between oceans, atmosphere, and coastal environments;
- The influence of climate variability on the ocean ecosystems, hurricanes and tornadoes;
AOML XBT Network
Results from collaborative research conducted by AOML and NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were recently published in Continental Shelf Research (December, 2013). PhOD oceanographers R. Smith, E. Johns, G. Goni, J. Trinanes, and R. Lumpkin, in collaboration with other researchers at AOML (M. Wood, C. Kelble, and S. Cummings) and SEFSC (J. Lamkin and S. Privoznik) report on the surface and subsurface connectivity across the eastern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) during July 2010. Go>>
- Interhemispheric influence of the northern summer monsoons on the southern subtropical anticyclones [pdf]
- Dust accumulation biases in PIRATA shortwave radiation records [pdf]
- Monitoring systems of global ocean heat content and the implications for climate change, a review [pdf]
- Objective detection of oceanic eddies and the Agulhas leakage [pdf]
- On the accuracy of SeaWiFS ocean color data products on the west Florida shelf
Silvia Garzoli receives the NOAA Distinguished Career Award
Dr. Silvia Garzoli is an internationally respected member of the physical oceanographic community whose research brings credit to NOAA and AOML. She continues to be an outstanding member of the NOAA science team and for her past federal service has been awarded the NOAA FY13 Distinguished Career Award. Go>>
- March 11, 3 pm - Hailong Liu: How the Atlantic Warm Pool influences Hurricanes Intensity in the 21st century?
All seminars are held at the AOML first floor conference room, unless otherwise stated.
A list of recent PhOD seminars can be found here.