Friday, March 24, 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.



News

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Biogeochemical floats can be used to improve measurements of sea-air CO2 exchanges, study shows

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A CPO-funded study shows biogeochemical floats can be used to improve measurements of sea-air CO2 exchanges, which are essential for future improvements in climate modeling and projections.

Absolute velocity estimates from autonomous underwater gliders equipped with Doppler current profilers

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

As underwater gliders are increasingly used in oceanography research, glider-based acoustic Doppler current profilers are expected to become more common. 

Mixed-layer carbon cycling at the Kuroshio Extension Observatory

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

A study published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles contributes evidence that the Kuroshio Extension transition zone is a biological hot spot for carbon cycling within the North Pacific carbon sink region.  

Enhanced ocean boundary later observations on NDBC TAO moorings

Monday, February 27, 2017

An important pilot study will provide data for improving observations in the Tropical Pacific.

NOAA's 2016 Arctic Report Card: Visual highlights

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A new NOAA-sponsored report shows that unprecedented warming air temperature in 2016 triggered massive declines in sea ice and snow cover across the  Arctic, and brought a record-breaking delay to fall sea ice freeze up. Learn more through our image highlights of the 2016 Arctic Report Card.

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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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