The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campus on Virginia Key is part of a unique, specially designated 65-acre marine research and education park located in Miami, Florida. Approximately $250M per year is invested in marine science and education collectively among the Rosenstiel School, two NOAA laboratories – NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory and Southeast Fisheries Science Center - and the Maritime and Science Technology Academy (MAST) and the Miami Seaquarium.
The Rosenstiel School also operates the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS), a 78-acre advanced satellite reception and analysis facility located in southern Miami-Dade County. Employing low earth-orbiting satellite systems, scientists conduct research using remotely sensed data. They provide directly down-linked, high-resolution data for environmental monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico, Southeastern United States, northern South America, Central America and the Caribbean Basin.
Scientific Resources at the UM Rosenstiel School
Research Vessels: An on-campus dock provides scientists and students with complete marine and scuba-diving facilities and access to the R/V F.G Walton Smith, a 96-foot advanced research catamaran designed for tropical oceanography, as well as multiple small boats.
Helicopter Observation Platform: In 2014 The Rosenstiel School added to its fleet of specialized research vessels with a helicopter equipped with state-of-the-art technology that converts a commercial aircraft into a flying scientific laboratory. This one-of-a-kind Helicopter Observation Platform allows scientists to obtain vital information on environmental processes and mechanisms that affect our climate and impact human health.
Seawater Research Complex: In 2014, the Rosenstiel School opened the 85,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex, which includes a one-of-a-kind SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere-INteraction (SUSTAIN) facility capable of simulating 3D wind-wave flow and surge produced by category 5 hurricane force winds in complex coastal topography. The Marine Life Sciences Center, located within the Seawater Complex, provides a dedicated space for the study of marine animals with foci on the critical connections between oceans and human health and the impacts of climate change on marine organisms and ecosystems.
Marine Research Station: The UM Rosenstiel School’s Broad Key Research Station, located on a 63-acre island off the coast of Key Largo, FL, provides faculty and students with expanded opportunities to conduct research throughout the Florida Keys. Located just two miles away from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the marine research facility provides scientists with direct access to Florida’s sub-tropical marine ecosystem. Broad Key features a five-bedroom Great House, a caretaker's cottage, boathouse and 33-foot dock that can accommodate watercraft with up to a 6-foot draft, as well as its own water storage, solar generator power system, state-of-the-art satellite communications.
Scientific Diving: The UM Dive Office and Scientific Diving Program are dedicated to providing the faculty, students, and staff with the latest techniques and technologies in operational support and training while maintaining the highest standards of safety. Different diving techniques include Nitrox, trimix, double tanks, staged decompression, surface supplied diving, diver propulsion vehicles, and closed-circuit rebreathers.
Marine Science Library: The School’s library houses an extensive marine science collection including more than 55,000 volumes, 1,100 current journals, 2,000 nautical charts, 25,000 indexed reprints. It also includes a large Caribbean and Latin American collection. An on-campus research invertebrate museum houses one of the world's most extensive collections of invertebrate tropical marine life. This collection includes identified lots of approximately 400,000 invertebrate specimens.
Research Instruments: The School has deployed several mobile instruments at numerous research sites around the world. They include: Air-sea Interaction Buoys, 94-GHz Doppler Cloud Radar, X-Band Cloud Radar, 915 MHz Wind Profiler, Marine-Atmosphere Emitted Radiance Interferometer (M-AERI).
Additional off-campus facilities include the Bimini Biological Field Station, oceanographic high-frequency radar arrays along the US east coast, Bermuda aerosol observatory, and Little Salt Spring.
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