Our research encompasses ocean, coastal, and atmospheric studies to ready the nation for changes driven by weather, climate, and pressures on marine ecosystems. We work to improve hurricane forecast prediction, learn how the ocean affects extreme weather events, measure the impacts of ocean acidification, and gauge impacts of microbial contamination on human health. We lead international efforts to collect and interpret global observations from ships, satellites, aircraft, buoys, and floats.
Our research encompasses ocean, coastal, and atmospheric studies to ready the nation for changes driven by weather, climate, and pressures on marine ecosystems. We work to improve hurricane forecast prediction, learn how the ocean affects extreme weather events, measure the impacts of ocean acidification, and gauge impacts of microbial contamination on human health. We lead international efforts to collect and interpret global observations collected from ships, satellites, aircraft, buoys, and floats.
Optimizing Observing Systems
AOML houses NOAA’s Quantitative Observing System Assessment Program (QOSAP), which allows scientists to analyze and evaluate current and future earth observation systems.
AOML’s publications database is a compilation of peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, and other types of publications that spans the time frame 1985-present. It reflects the overall body of work published by AOML’s principal investigators during their affiliation with AOML.
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In Our Community
AOML is a proud member of the Virginia Key science community, and of the City of Miami, including the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School and NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Our coastal research and ecosystem assessments aid local managers in decision making, including the local municipalities and water management entities. We also conduct analysis of coastal water quality which helps inform public Health & Safety officials making decisions that impact local recreation and tourism. Additionally, our outreach efforts provide opportunities and tools for local school groups and community members to inspire scientific curiosity and learn about science happening in their community.
AOML’s hurricane research leads to improved forecasts at the National Hurricane Center. We improve models and how observations we collect in our hurricane hunter missions are used to help ensure everyone is better prepared for hurricane impacts. Our oceanographers and ecologists also perform extensive regional water and ecosystem monitoring to understand harmful algal blooms like Red Tide, changes in economically important fisheries, and the potential outcome of Everglades Restoration activities. Our efforts to understand how coral reefs are impacted by ocean acidification and warming oceans help inform local restoration efforts led by federal, university, and non-profit partners.
Our research has national and international impacts due to our contribution of ocean and atmospheric observations to operational global and regional forecast models. We collaborate with the international scientific community to conduct research cruises and maintain global ocean observing systems that are the foundation of improved weather and climate forecasts. AOML contributes to assessments to describe the State of the Climate and the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle. And we work closely with the National Weather Service to help improve prediction of hurricanes as NOAA develops more advanced global models, such as the Hurricane Analysis Forecasts System (HAFS).