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  • Hurricane Season

    Hurricane season is early...again

    While NOAA says about 97 percent of storms occur in the Atlantic during official hurricane season, it's not unheard of for one to form in May, April, December, or even January. Dr. Mark Bourassa says the physics of hurricane formation is highly complex, as it depends on feedback and interplay between the ocean and the atmosphere. This makes modeling hurricane formation extremely difficult.

    Read the article in Popular Science

  • tampa

    NASA grant lets Tampa Bay Water and partners use space agency data in planning

    The alliance has been working for more than a decade with the University of Florida's Water Institute and FSU COAPS to use good science in making water-supply decisions.

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  • Hurricane Hunters

    Hurricane Hunters Tracking Lane as it Heads Near Hawaii

    "It's a pretty impressive experience to witness Mother Nature's force firsthand." -- Dr. Heather Holbach, Hurricane Hunter.

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  • Open House

    2019 Coastal & Marine Lab Open House

    This year's Open House featured lots of cool science... from baby scallops, critters in beach sand, carnivorous plants, to tours of the R/V Apalachee and much much more. COAPS' mascot, Chum, even hung around and gave out treats to visitors.

    Check out some of the highlights

  • Justin Stow presents research at FURC

    Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) is one of the nation's largest multi-disciplinary research conferences for undergrad researchers to present their research. Congratulations to meteorology and physical science undergrad, Justin Stow, for presenting his poster on "Renewable Wind Energy Analysis Considering Diurnal Wind Cycles and El Nino Southern Oscillation along the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Florida Coastlines."

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COAPS takes interdisciplinary approach to scientific research about ocean-atmosphere interactions

Source: "Across the Spectrum" Magazine

The Earth’s climate is determined by the extremely complex interplay of land masses, waters and the atmosphere. Everything matters: water temperature, clouds, mountains, swamps, waves, wind and so much more. So it only makes sense that when trying to predict where our climate is headed long term — or whether it will rain on your wedding day — the chances of finding answers are much better when scientists who study all of those things work together. That’s the premise of FSU’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies — COAPS for short — which describes itself as a research center that "performs interdisciplinary research in ocean-atmosphere-land-ice interactions to increase our understanding of the physical, social and economic consequences of climate variability." Read more.

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