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10/31/2014

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10/04/2014

AOML scientist participates in joint South Atlantic research cruise

Mr. Rigoberto Garcia, a CIMAS/UM employee working with AOML's Physical Oceanography Division, joined with partners from Argentina and Brazil on a recent cruise to study the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) at 34.5?S in the South Atlantic during October 4-16, 2014. This cruise, onboard the Argentine research vessel ARA Puerto Deseado, was the ninth joint cruise in support of the NOAA-funded Southwest Atlantic MOC (“SAM”) project since the beginning of the project in March 2009. Participants in the cruise included researchers from the Universidade de Buenos Aires (UBA), the Servicio de Hidrografía Naval (SHN), the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP), the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG), and the Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), as well as NOAA-AOML. Full story>>


09/12/2014

New SEAS XBT Data Recorder and Iridium modem dual GPS combo tested in the AX10 XBT transect

The SEAS XBT Data Recorder component of the AMVERSEAS version 9.2 and the new Iridium modem dual GPS combo were installed and successfully tested on the Horizon Navigator during the August 2014 AX10. A total of 120 XBT's were deployed and transmitted in real-time using the new setup. Meteorological observations and AMVER reports were also transmitted. Full story>>


08/05/2014

Panel Discussion on the Future of Fort Lauderdale

Dr. Renellys Perez, a CIMAS scientist working in PhOD, gave a presentation on "Sea Level Rise" during a panel discussion on "The Future of Fort Lauderdale: Protecting our Paradise against Rising Seas and Stronger Storms" to foster discussion on the impact of sea-level rise on the Ft. Lauderdale coastal community. Full story>>


07/24/2014

Two Underwater Gliders Successfully Deployed off Puerto Rico

Two underwater gliders have been successfully deployed off Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea and in the North Atlantic Ocean during the week of July 14, 2014. These new observational platforms are part of the multi-institutional "Sustained and Targeted Ocean Observations with Underwater Gliders" Project, which is lead by AOML. Full story>>


07/10/2014

New OceanWatch node at NOAA/AOML

AOML will host one of the two nodes of the NESDIS OceanWatch Program. The overall goal of OceanWatch is to provide integrated data and tools to scientists to better understand the physical, biological, and chemical processes in the oceans. Full story>>


05/16/2014

AOML conducts sea trial of new underwater glider

AOML researchers met with partners from NOAA's National Data Buoy Center, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and ANAMAR in the Dominican Republic on March 25-26 to plan for how they will deploy, pilot, recover, refurbish, and store the underwater gliders. During the second day of the meeting, participants conducted an at-sea test to train for how to deploy and recover the underwater gliders. Full story>>


04/16/2014

PhOD hosts the Mandatory Ship Reporting System

The Mandatory Ship Reporting System aims to reduce the risk of ship strikes with northern right whales, and it requires all commercial vessels heavier than 300 gross tons to report to the Coast Guard upon entering two designated areas along the east coast of United States. Reporting ships receive an automated response containing instructions on how to reduce the risk of collisions. The new MSR v2.0, which is fully developed and maintained by PhOD personnel, started its operations on April 1, 2014. Full story>>


02/16/2014

Silvia Garzoli receives the NOAA Distinguished Career Award

Dr. Silvia Garzoli is an internationally respected member of the physical oceanographic community whose research brings credit to NOAA and AOML. She continues to be an outstanding member of the NOAA science team and for her past federal service has been awarded the NOAA FY13 Distinguished Career Award. Full story>>


01/15/2014

New Gliders Project at AOML

PhOD will lead a multi-institutional project geared towards improving seasonal forecasts of Atlantic tropical cyclones and tropical cyclone intensification using gliders. Full story>>


12/15/2013

PhOD Researchers on the PIRATA Northeast Extension cruise

Researchers from the Physical Oceanography Division of AOML participated in a tropical Atlantic cruise beginning in November to collect oceanographic and atmospheric data and service five surface moorings, in support of the Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA) Northeast Extension project (PNE). Full story>>


09/01/2013

PhOD hosts XBT Science Team web page

The XBT Science Team web page was created to provide easy access to eXpendable BathyThermographs (XBTs) data, XBT-derived products, and other XBT-related scientific and operational information; and to also bring together scientists to highlight the uses of XBT data including upper ocean thermal structure and variability, and ocean current transport. Full story>>


06/30/2013

New AMVERSEAS 9.1 tested in the NOAA vessel Gordon Gunter

Two meteorological components of the new AMVERSEAS 9.1 were installed and sucessfully tested on the NOAA fleet vessel Gordon Gunter. This was the first AMVERSEAS 9.1 test in a shipboard environment performed by volunteer observers. Full story>>


05/30/2013

Two Summer Interns at PhOD

Mr. Dillon Amaya and Ms. Alexandra Ramos have recently started a two-month summer internship at PhOD. During this period, they will be advised by scientists at PhOD in Ocean-Climate studies. Full story>>


05/15/2013

PhOD Employees at the South Florida Federal Executive Board's Employee of the Year

Two PhOD employees have been recognized by the South Florida Federal Executive Board Employee of the Year Award. Mr. Andrew Stefanick has been nominated in the Professional and Technology/IT categories, and Dr. Chunzai Wang has been nominated and won the Scientific Category. Full story>>


04/01/2012

Adopt a Drifter Program on the Weather Channel

In celebration of Earth Day, three students from the Key Biscayne K-8 Center, Key Biscayne, FL deployed a NOAA drifter on April 27 as part of the Adopt-A-Drifter Program, in partnership with students from the International Preparatory School in Santiago, Chile. The three Florida students were top winners in a competition to describe the significance of the ocean in their lives. As part of this event, Rick Lumpkin was interviewed on the Weather Channel where he described NOAA's Global Drifter Program and the Adopt-A-Drifter outreach effort. Full story>>


02/01/2012

AOML Tests New Technology for The Collection of Underway Oceanographic Data

Researchers at the Physical Oceanography Division at AOML are testing a new observational platform for measuring the upper ocean thermal and salinity structure. This new observational platform named UCT Depth (UCTD) will enable researchers to collect temperature and salinity profiles of the upper ocean at underway speeds, to depths of up to 500 m. Full story>>


04/15/2010

Sucessful Testing of Deep Ocean Monitoring System

A classic conundrum of physical oceanographic and climatic research has been how to measure the deep ocean and record data with instruments on the bottom of the ocean while also getting the data back to land quickly enough to be used in climate analysis and prediction. A deep ocean data retrieval system developed at the Physical Oceanography Division of AOML has been recently tested and once fully operational will allow scientific instruments anchored on the ocean bottom to send their data back via expendable data pods that will release from the ocean floor on a programmable schedule. Full story>>