Oceans and Atmosphere

Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Observing Systems

The use of sensor-equipped drifters or autonomous underwater vehicles as well as global-scale observing methods to study ocean and atmosphere systems.


Mark Ohman
Emeritus / Professor of Graduate Division
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Eric Terrill
Director of CORDC
Kait Frasier
Assistant Research Scientist
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Jerry Smith
Luc Lenain
Associate Research Scientist / Director
Lin Ying-Tsong
Acting Professor
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Assistant Professor
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Professor Emeritus
Shaun Johnston
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Associate Researcher
Sarah Gille
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Centers, Labs, and Programs

A global network of robotic floats that measure the changing state of the ocean.

Develops and implements coastal observatories, serves as a science and technical interface with local, state, and federal agencies, and manages various system components.

The Global Ocean Biogeochemical float program supports robotic ocean-monitoring float profiles around the globe that are used by scientists and educators to better understand ocean health. 

Develops autonomous instrument platforms and sensors for them, builds instrumented vehicles, and operates floats and gliders for such projects.

Research interests are broadly concerned with the use of new technology for observing oceanic phenomena and the development of inverse techniques for their interpretation.

Provides a critical service to the oceanographic community by innovating new drifter designs and sensors as demanded/needed by science applications and evolving observing system requirements.

An autonomous long range platform to unveil the oceans.