National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division



Field Activities: 2015 October Western Boundary Time Series cruise

Six AOML/PhOD scientists, Chris Meinen, Uli Rivero, Pedro Peña, Grant Rawson, Jay Hooper, and Tom Sevilla joined with colleagues from UM/RSMAS aboard the R/V Endeavor for a 17 day research cruise to study the western boundary components of the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) at 26N during October 3-19, 2015. Full story>>


Automatic Shortwave Radiometer Cleaner

The Prediction and Research Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) consists of 18 moorings spanning the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Several of the moorings are directly downwind from the Sahara and Sahel regions of Africa, which together represent the largest source of mineral dust on the planet. Full story>>


Welcome Aboard

Patrick Halsall has started as a new CIMAS Research Associate employee in PhOD. Full story>>


Welcome Aboard

Mr. Thomas Sevilla is joining CIMAS/AOML/PHOD as an Electrical Engineer on August 24th, 2015. Full story>>


Longstanding Collaboration with Maersk Line Supports NOAA's Observational Efforts

Longstanding Collaboration with Maersk Line Supports NOAA's Observational Efforts

NOAA-AOML plays a leadership role in the international effort to collect environmental data in the global ocean. As part of this effort, widely known as the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), scientists deploy oceanographic instruments such as Argo floats, expendable bathythermographs (XBTs), and surface drifters to collect information about the ocean’s currents, temperature, and salinity. The data obtained are critical for weather forecasts and climate studies. Full story>>


Drifter Program Catches a Lift to the Southern Ocean with the Volvo Ocean Race

NOAA's latest partner is not your typical research vessel or cargo ship: it's the six yachts currently competing in the around the world Volvo Ocean Race. As one of the world's major global sailing events, accurate predictions of ocean currents and marine weather are critical to ensuring the safety of crew members during the eight-month long, 38,000+ nautical mile voyage from Alicante, Spain to Gothenburg, Sweden. The fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí, Brazil by way of the Southern Ocean ­began on ­March 17th. Full story>>

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