Ocean Observations

LAPCOD Group

At UM/RSMAS, a group of scientists are actively engaged in analyzing how objects drift in this ocean. Many instruments have been deployed in the ocean that drift with the currents. Position of these objects are recorded at different time, usually every 1 hr to 3 days depending on the scientific study. The speed and direction of ocean currents are calculated from the position of these drifters using methods developed by Newton over 300 yrs ago. We collaborate with scientists from around the world in analyzing drifter data to learn about ocean currents, simulating the data using numerical and statistical models of ocean dynamics, and predicting how the ocean flow fields transports fish larvae, heat, chemicals such as oil, and objects lost at sea. Our group is called Lagrangian Analysis of Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics (LAPCOD). Please visit our web site to learn more about our group, http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/LAPCOD/.

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