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The primary mission of the Physical Oceanography Division (PhOD) of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) is to provide and interpret oceanographic data by conducting research relevant to the following NOAA Strategic Goals:

  1. Predict and Assess Decadal to Centennial Climate Change
  2. Implement Seasonal to Interannual Climate Forecasts
  3. Sustain Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Data are provided by scientific research cruises, large scale and regional observing systems, and satellites. Sea-going activity includes "blue water" research cruises conducted globally and coastal water research cruises conducted in U.S. waters. Ocean observing systems operated by NOAA's Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), housed in PhOD, provide data from research and merchant ships, surface drifters and profiling floats to meet forecast and stewardship needs. Satellite observations are also an important tool used by PhOD scientists and provide observations on the basin and global scale. The resulting data are interpreted using empirical and statistical methods and numerical models as tools to understand dynamical processes in the ocean/atmosphere coupled system and coastal areas.

The PhOD Division has a staff of approximately 30 research scientists and technicians. The Staff is supplemented by Scientists and technicians through the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS).

Dr. Silvia L. Garzoli
Physical Oceanography Division Director
Phone:(305) 361-4340; Fax(305) 361-4392
4301 Rickenbacker Cswy.
Miami, FL 33149-1097


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