About Us

Dr. Robert Atlas, Director, AOML.

Dr. Robert Atlas, AOML Director

Dr. Molly Baringer, Deputy Director
LCDR Andrew Colegrove, Associate Director

AOML, a federal research laboratory, is part of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, located in Miami, Florida. AOML's research spans hurricanes, coastal ecosystems, oceans and human health, climate studies, global carbon systems, and ocean observations.

AOML's organizational structure consists of an Office of the Director and three scientific research divisions. The Office of the Director oversees the Laboratory's scientific programs, as well as its financial, administrative, computer, outreach/education, and facility management services. Research programs are augmented by the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), a joint enterprise with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. CIMAS enables AOML and university scientists to collaborate on research areas of mutual interest and facilitates the participation of students and visiting scientists.

The Laboratory is a member of a unique community of marine research and educational institutions located on Virginia Key in Miami, Florida. Approximately $150M per year is invested in marine science and education among the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center, the Miami Seaquarium, the Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Academy, and AOML.


Mission Statement

The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory conducts research to understand the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and processes of the ocean and the atmosphere, both separately and as a coupled system. The principal focus of these investigations is to advance knowledge that leads to more accurate forecasting of severe storms, better use and management of marine resources, better understanding of the factors affecting both climate and environmental quality, and improved ocean and weather services for the nation.


AOML Strategic Plan

This living document outlines AOML's priorities and alignment with NOAA's mission and long term goals.

AOML Laboratory Reviews 
AOML completed its most recent Laboratory Research Review March 4-6, 2014. Click here to review the 2014 presentations and program overviews. The resulting Laboratory Final Report is now available.


Video Podcasts Featuring AOML Employees

Meet the scientists and support staff at AOML who have taken a moment to describe their careers and contributions to NOAA science.

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