National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division



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>>


Award ceremony

Joaquin Trinanes recently received the IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology) 2016 Denny Medal of the Journal of Operational Oceanography. Full story>>


Woods Hole Gulf Stream Glider Deployed from Miami

Scientists with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) visited AOML in November to prepare an underwater glider for deployment in the Gulf Stream. Full story>>


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>>


Transition of the Global Drifter Array from Argos to Iridium transmissions

NOAA's Global Drifter Program is transitioning the array from Argos to Iridium, and including the newer Iridium data in its quality-controlled data set. Full story>>


Argentina-US Ocean Science Meeting Opens Doors for Collaboration

Drs. Gustavo Goni and Silvia Garzoli of AOML, together with 18 other scientists from the US, participated in the Argentina-US Ocean Science Meeting in Mar del Plata, Argentina during the week of August 22nd. Dr. Goni was the co-organizer of the meeting on the US side, while Dr. Garzoli led a science panel on ocean observations. Full story>>

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