The Buoys Are Back in Town!

The R/V Revelle, a Scripps research vessel departed from the port of Kao-hsiung, Taiwan with one yellow tandem buoy (EASI and ASIS) set designed by the University of Miami. Photo Credit: Hans C. Graber

MIAMI — May 4, 2011 — The yellow boat-shaped EASI (Extreme Air-Sea Interaction) buoys and the ASIS (Air-Sea Interaction Spar) buoys have finally made it back to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. The four were involved in a groundbreaking study of the typhoon-prone western Pacific Ocean. Researchers deployed the buoys in tandem, about 600 km southeast of Taiwan and 200 km apart to thoroughly test them in typhoon force conditions. The buoys measured momentum, heat, and moisture exchange fluxes between the atmosphere and ocean.

Out at sea since August 2010, the valuable data collected will help to improve weather forecast models that predict typhoon intensity. The information will also give the research community a better idea of the distribution of wind and how intense the forcing is at sea level during intense typhoon conditions. The research is funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

The team on the project included Applied Marine Physics professors Hans Graber and Will Drennan, associate scientist Neil Williams, marine technician Mike Rebozo, post-doctoral researchers Rafael Ramos and Michelle Gierach, graduate students Björn Lund, Henry Potter, Tripp Collins and Sharein El-Tourky, and undergraduate Marine Science student Anibal Herrera. They are joined by Joe Gabriele and Cary Smith of Environment Canada, John Kemp, Jim Dunn and Jim Ryder of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Dr. Ian Brooks of the University of Leeds, UK.

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