National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division



PIRATA/AEROSE Cruise Surveys the Tropical Atlantic

Scientists with AOML's Physical Oceanography Division participated in the 2017 Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Atlantic (PIRATA) Northeast Extension/ Saharan Dust AERosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE) cruise aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown from February 19-March 25. Full story>>


Global Drifter Program Marks Iridium Milestone

On March 13, the Global Drifter Program (GDP) at AOML marked a milestone in its transition from Service Argos to Iridium for its array of surface drifting buoys: more than 50% of the array is now being tracked with the Iridium satellite system. Full story>>


Scientific Employee of the Year

AOML oceanographer Dr. Sang-Ki Lee was selected as the Scientific Employee of the Year on May 12 at the 52nd annual Federal Employee of the Year awards ceremony hosted by the South Florida Federal Executive Board. Full story>>


NOAA Ronald H. Brown Cruise

NOAA AOML scientists participated in the 2017 annual PIRATA Northeasten Extension (PNE) and Saharan Dust AERosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE) cruise aboard the NOAA ship Ronald H. Brown from February 19 to March 25, 2017. Full story>>


Field experiment at Taylor Energy oil leak offshore Mississippi Delta

On April 18 to 20, 2017, a group of scientists composed of Oscar Garcia (Watermapping), Matthieu Le Henaff (CIMAS/PhOD), and Ioannis Androulidakis (RSMAS), performed field experiment at the Taylor Energy oil leak site just offshore the Mississippi Delta, as part of the GoMRI project "Influence of river induced fronts on hydrocarbon transport" led by Villy Kourafalou (RSMAS). Full story>>


Cracking the code of a long-distance swimmer

A scientist holds juvenile American eels. Almost indistinguishable from the European eel, the American eel is also born in the Sargasso Sea. It makes a similar long-distance migration to North American fresh water rivers. Researchers of the new study on European eels theorize the American eel might also tune into the magnetic field to assist its migration. (Courtesy of Virginia Institute of Marine Science).

Not all eels are electric, but some might actually be magnetic. Full story>>

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