The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) is a research laboratory in NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). AOML conducts mission oriented scientific research that seeks to understand the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and processes of the ocean and atmosphere, both separately and as a coupled system. The Laboratory's research themes (oceans and climate, coastal ecosystems, and hurricanes and tropical meteorology) employ a cross-disciplinary approach, conducted through collaborative interactions with national and international research and environmental forecasting institutions.
The work also provides reliable information based on oceanic and atmospheric measurements and analysis. Stewardship of those measurements, including custodianship of major data sets, development and deployment of new sampling methods, new analysis tools, and carrying out long-term consistent environmental measuring programs, are part and parcel of the mission, particularly for research focused on the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Florida coastal areas.
You can browse current AOML research programs associated with each of these research themes:
Or you can locate programs through the research divisions they are housed within:
AOML recentenly completed its 2014 Laboratory Research Review March 4-6, 2014. The Final Review Panel Summary Report from the review panel is now publicly available. AOML is in the process of crafting a response plan for reccommended actions based on this report. A final update will be published at the completion of this process.
AOML completed the previous review in 2008. Click here to review the 2008 presentations and program overviews. The resulting Final Review Executive Summary and Laboratory Final Report are also available for review.