The Oceanographic Modeling and Analysis Laboratory at SMAST is a leading developer
of feature-oriented modeling technology. Numerical ocean models depend
on the coverage of the ocean basin of interest by actual physical measurements.
The FORMS (feature-oriented regional modeling system) technology modulates
this expensive requirement by incorporating persistent features (currents,
eddies, jets, etc.) of the basin circulation into the model. The result
is a very efficient means of simulating the circulation of an ocean basin
with a paucity of available observations.
Current research programs include:
Feature-oriented initialization and assimilation for the Gulf of
Maine/Georges Bank, Monterey Bay, Strait of Sicily, Arabian Sea
Synthesis of satellite and in situ data sets for the western North
Atlantic and the southern California Current system
North Atlantic Oscillation and the Gulf Stream
Basin-scale modeling of the North Atlantic on a multiprocessor workstation