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  • Misra

    Seasons change: A new definition for major Indian monsoon

    Toward the end of every year, the Northeast Indian Monsoon batters southern India with torrents of driving rain. Climatologists have never precisely defined when the monsoon begins and ends, but research by Professor of Meteorology Vasu Misra provides an objective and reliable definition that could yield new, actionable insight.

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  • Open House

    2019 Open House

    COAPS researchers and students were excited to welcome more than 1,000 visitors during this year's Open House and to share with them some of the exciting research being conducted here at FSU. Hands-on activities included a robot obstacle course and the chance to meet a hurricane hunter, Dr. Heather Holbach.

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  • 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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    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.

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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.


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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