The researchers in the Ocean Observation Laboratory (OCEANOL) seek to better understand coastal ocean processes by integrating modern ocean observations with numerical ocean modeling. Measurements from moorings, coastal high-frequency radar sites, shipboard surveys, operational satellite imagery and meteorology are integrated into our studies of various coastal ocean and estuarine domains including the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, the New England Shelf, and Buzzards, Narragansett and Mt. Hope Bays.
Relevant historical and operational agency real-time data from such federal agencies as NOAA/NDBC, NOAA/NOS, NOAA/NWS, and Navy/FNMOC are integrated and assimilated into several numerical circulation models for simulation, process studies, and in a data assimilation mode for hindcasting, nowcasting and forecasting.
Our current research program includes:
The OCEANOL CODAR site near Nauset, Massachusetts and its partner site on Nantucket are part of the MARCOOS Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras high frequency radar array. Hourly surface current maps of the region can be accessed here.