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  • In the ocean's twilight zone, tiny organisms may have giant effect on Earth's carbon cycle

    In the ocean's twilight zone, tiny organisms may have giant effect on Earth's carbon cycle

    Deep in the ocean's twilight zone, swarms of ravenous single-celled organisms may be altering Earth's carbon cycle in ways scientists never expected, according to a new study led by researcher and FSU Assistant Professor of Oceanography, Mike Stukel.

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  • 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.

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  • How meteorologists predict the next big hurricane

    How meteorologists predict the next big hurricane

    Hurricane forecasts have traditionally focused on predicting a storm’s track and intensity. The track and size of the storm determine which areas may be hit. To do so, forecasters use models – essentially software programs, often run on large computers.

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  • 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.

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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