Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ocean Observing and Monitoring

Mission

Why we exist

To provide high-quality long term global observations, climate information, and products to researchers, forecasters, and other users to inform and prepare society for environmental challenges


Vision

What we hope to achieve

A sustained, comprehensive, and responsive global climate observing system that seamlessly delivers information and products to our partners and users within and beyond NOAA, and that provides a critical foundation for climate, weather, and environmental decision making


OOM's unique contribution

What we are uniquely positioned to do

OOM provides leadership for sustained global in situ ocean climate and Arctic observing systems and is the U.S. Federal Source for sustained climate observations and information in support of research, monitoring, and prediction


(Read more in the Strategic Plan).

Program activities aim to:

  1. Build and sustain a global climate observing system according to climate monitoring principles
  2. Develop and maintain long time-series indicators of climate variability and change
  3. Develop and maintain standard data sets for initialization and evaluation of climate forecast models, assessments of climate change, and informed risk management
  4. Develop informational products, diagnostics, and assessments of observed climate variability and change on global to regional scales

   SST Government Performance Measure (supported by OOM): Satellite Bias Correction by in situ SST data

The difference between satellite measurements and surface measurements is calculated for all 1000 kilometer square regions of the global ocean surface.  The differences for all regions are then averaged.  The average difference produces a single indicator number for the global ocean.  That indicator is calculated monthly and graphed in a time series.
Check out the current performance!!


 

The resulting global observations and products contribute to other NOAA Programs, national and international capabilities aimed at understanding, modeling, and forecasting of the earth system, as well as developing targeted information to better inform society about changes of the earth system, including better response options.  Access to these global observations and analyses of observational data has provided our Nation with invaluable information needed to better minimize climate-related risk and maximize climate-related opportunities. The program also provides data and information management support for national and international climate assessments. The Ocean Observing and Monitoring Division supports and coordinates its observing efforts with other activities in NOAA, other federal agencies, as well as international partners.



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New type of drifter released: the Directional Wave Spectra Drifter

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Lagrangian Drifter Laboratory at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is releasing a new type of drifter that will fill a unique role in the Global Ocean Observing System and in satellite validation and weather prediction.

Combined with standard observations, underwater gliders lead to improved hurricane forecasts

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Showing the value of ocean underwater glider data used to forecast Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014, a CPO-supported study highlights the impact of gliders to improve hurricane intensity forecasts.

Two decades of buoys observations in the Pacific

Thursday, April 13, 2017

In a paper published on the Journal of Climate, Chiodi (University of Washington) and Harrison (PMEL) analyze the value of wind stress information from the TAO/TRITON array, which has been deployed for over two decades.

Observed El Niño SSTA development and the effects of easterly and westerly wind events in 2014/15

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A CPO-supported study explores a possibility to accurately forecast  sea surface temperature changes associated with ENSO events important for weather and precipitation worldwide.

Iridium transition for the Global Drifter Program

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Now using over 50% of the Iridium satellite system, NOAA's Global Drifter Program (GDP) array reached a major milestone in its plan to ensure cost savings and timely data access worldwide.   

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    Strategic Plan

    Contact:

    David M Legler, Division Chief
    301 427-2460

    Monica Morales – Riverside Technology, Inc., Program Support
    301-427-2466

    Claudia PerezRiverside Technology, Inc., Program Support
    301-427-2461

    Ocean Observing Program

    Steve PiotrowiczProgram Manager, Argo
    301-427-2493

    Emily Smith--Program Manager, Tide Gauges and Univ. of Hawaii Sea Level Center, Adopt a Drifter Coordinator

    301-427-2463

    James ToddProgram Manager, OceanSITES, Moorings
    303-734-1258

    Kathy TedescoProgram Manager, Ocean Carbon Observations
    301-427-2462

    Sidney ThurstonInternational Development
    301-427-2459

    LCDR Megan Raymond Operations Manager
    301-427-2465

    Monitoring Program

    Jennifer Saleem Arrigo – Program Manager
    301-427-2488

    Arctic Research Program

    Jeremy MathisDirector

    Sandy StarkweatherProgram Manager
    301-427-2471

    Monique Baskin--Knauss Fellow

     

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