Wednesday, 25 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
The Climate Observation Division in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsors approximately 50% of global ocean in situ observing platforms to provide high-quality, long-term observations and products to researchers, forecasters, and other users to prepare society for environmental changes. We partner with over 50 countries in developing and sustaining the global ocean observing system. We monitor changes in: temperature, sea level, currents, wind and weather over the ocean, and ocean acidification with platforms such as (but not limited to) the drifting buoy, Argo, satellite, and moored buoy arrays that provide fundamental observations that contribute towards climate understanding, predictions, and projections. Ocean observations are critical to monitoring environmental changes in the ocean, to better understanding of ocean processes and their influences on climate, and as fundamental inputs to weather prediction and climate models, model validation, and reanalyses. The current global ocean observing system continues to expand and evolve to meet new science and stakeholder needs.
COD contributed to providing observations for the recent El Nino event. We support hundreds of platforms in the tropical Pacific that complement the TAO buoy array and satellite observations required to understand and improve climate forecasts used by water managers, farmers, and many others across the US.
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