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;
NOAA's ARGO Float Program at AOML
Global Characteristics of Coherent Vortices from Surface Drifter Trajectories
In a recent study by Lumpkin (2016) looping trajectories of surface drifting buoys were extracted from the global drifter dataset and analyzed in order to examine the distribution of submesoscale to mesoscale vortices. Over 15,000 looping trajectory segments were identified worldwide. Go>>
- Investigating the seasonal predictability of significant wave height in the west Pacific and Indian Oceans. [pdf]
- The role of the South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation variability on modulating interhemispheric atmospheric circulation and monsoons [pdf]
- Fulfilling Observing System Implementation Requirements with the Global Drifter Array [pdf]
- Global characteristics of coherent vortices from surface drifter trajectories [pdf]
- An assessment of the Brazil Current baroclinic structure and variability near 22°S in distinct ocean forecasting and analysis systems. [pdf]
NOAA 2016 Administrator's and Technology Transfer Awards winners and April 2016 NOAA Employee & Team Member of the Month
The recipients of the NOAA’s 2016 Administrator’s and Technology Transfer Awards winners for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research are: Pedro Pena, Francis Bringas, Ulises Rivero and Gustavo Goni. For developing and implementing an Iridium-based real-time transmission system for oceanographic and meteorological observations from ships. Full Story>>
- Fabian Gomez, October 18 at 10:00AM (EST), title: Biogeochemical modeling in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Yanyun Liu, October 27 at 3:00PM (EST), 2nd floor conference room, title: Modeling the ocean acidification processes along the East and Gulf coasts of the U.S.
- Matthieu Le Henaff, November 3 at 2:00PM (EST), title TBA.
- Libby Johns, November 4, 2017 at 2:00PM(EST), 2nd floor conference room, title: Sargassum accumulation in the Caribbean Sea in response to anomalous oceanographic and meteorological forcing in the North Atlantic Ocean
- Shenfu Dong, November 8, at 3:00PM (EST), title: Near-surface salinity structure observed from drifters equipped with two salinity sensors in the South Pacific.
For questions regarding these CIMAS positions, please contact Gustavo Goni at (305) 361-4339.