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  • Open House

    Interested in Ocean Science or Meteorology? Join Us for our Annual Open House!

    There will be fun activities for all ages! Drive an underwater robot. Meet a "Hurricane Hunter" who flies into storms with NOAA. Learn about plastics in the ocean. Discover how plankton do the strangest things. Be a meteorologist on TV. And more!

    Learn more

  • COAPS Graduate Students Present at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting

    COAPS' meteorology and oceanography graduate students traveled to Portland, OR for the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting. Presenting at professional conferences is invaluable for students' in their academic careers and professional growth; COAPS is proud to have had such strong student participation this year.


    SAMOS Data Center meets needs of various scientific communities

    The Shipboard Automated Meteorological and Oceanographic System (SAMOS) initiative has been collecting, quality-evaluating, distributing, and archiving underway meteorological and oceanographic observations since 2005. A new manuscript describes the SAMOS observations available from 2005 to 2017.

    Read the manuscript

  • Campers are 'Weather Wise' Girls Who Code!

    Campers are "Weather Wise" Girls Who Code!

    The Oasis Center's "Girls Can Do Anything" camp stopped by COAPS this summer. Their visit included lots of hands-on weather-related activities and a robot obstacle course! Get a quick look at what their visit included in this YouTube video.

    Watch the video

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.


The above image is generated by HYCOM,  a multi-institution (academic, government, and industry) collaborative effort focused on the depiction of the three-dimensional ocean state in near-real time. The hybrid coordinate extends the geographic range of applicability of traditional isopycnic coordinate circulation models toward shallow coastal seas and unstratified parts of the world ocean. The vertical coordinate in HYCOM is isopycnal in the open, stratified ocean, but smoothly reverts to a terrain-following coordinate in shallow coastal regions, and to pressure coordinates in the mixed layer and/or unstratified seas.

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