Linking changes in the state of the ocean with extreme weather events, ecosystems, and fisheries, in support of applications and operations for societal benefits.
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 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 ocean variability on 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]
Study Concludes Crash Site of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Likely Falls Within Official Search Area
On March 8, 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, to Beijing, China went missing with 239 people aboard. The circumstances surrounding the aircraft’s disappearance led to various hypotheses to explain the event and to suggest the location of where the plane entered the water. Full Story>>
- Hosmay Lopez will give a talk on Tuesday, November 22, at 2PM; 1st floor conference room, title: The role of the South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation on weather and climate.
- Shenfu Dong, TBT, 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.