National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division


04/16/2014 - 05/15/2014

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.

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02/16/2014 - 03/15/2014

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.

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01/15/2014 - 01/30/2014

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.

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12/15/2013 - 01/14/2014

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).

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09/01/2013 - 10/31/2013

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.

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06/30/2013 - 07/15/2013

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.

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05/30/2013 - 06/15/2013

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.

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05/15/2013 - 05/30/2013

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.

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04/01/2012 - 05/31/2012

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.

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02/01/2012 - 03/31/2012

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.

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04/15/2010 - 05/31/2010

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.

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