State of the Ocean Observing System

Quarterly Reports

Quarterly Reports

As of 2005, AOML contributes to the OCO's Annual Report on the State of the Ocean, through its Quarterly Reports on certain key ocean state variables:

Global Heat Storage

Global Heat Storage: Amount of heat stored in the upper ocean. This is estimated using data from several sources: Argo profiling floats; Volunteer Observing Ship expendable bathythermograph (XBT) lines; and satellite altimetry.

Global Surface Currents

Global Surface Currents: In situ data coverage, sufficiency and error estimates using 15 meter drogued drifting buoys and moored current meters.

Atlantic Meridional Heat Transport

Atlantic Meridional Heat Transport: Ocean heat transport by ocean currents, estimated using data from expendable bathythermograph (XBT) lines.