In Memoriam - Dr. James J. O'Brien

We are tremendously saddened to inform the community that Dr. James O'Brien, Professor Emeritus of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at Florida State University and the founder of COAPS, passed away on September 20. Throughout the course of his career, Dr. O'Brien taught, performed research, served on numerous boards and honorary societies, and mentored countless students and young scholars. Read more >>


Marine Data Center Contributes to Updated Archive of Surface Marine Observations

The Marine Data Center at COAPS has contributed to the recently released version 3.0 of the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS), including a subset of high-quality research vessel observations from the SAMOS initiative. Learn more >>


Defining the Onset and End of the Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM)

In a new paper, Ryne Noska (Grad Student, Meteorology) and Dr. Vasu Misra (Researcher/Assoc. Professor of Meteorology, FSU) propose a new, objective definition for ISM onset that is based on measurements of average rainfall across India.   Learn more. >>

Open House

2016 COAPS Open House

Each February, COAPS invites the public to visit and learn at our annual open house. This year's event, which was attended by nearly 800 visitors, featured something for everyone... hands-on science fun, self-guided tours, and the chance to meet and interact with our scientists. Participants learned about rising seas, marine data, and how COAPS researchers are modelling the ocean and atmosphere.

NGESP Report

New Experiment Highlights the Role of Eddies in Setting Up the Energetic Western Boundary Circulation

Drs. Xiaobiao Xu and Eric Chassignet (COAPS Director) have performed a massive 20-year integration of the North and Equatorial Atlantic simulation. Key model outputs from the experiment will be available to general public through a new HYCOM server at COAPS/FSU.

Hurricane Activity

hurricane activity

The Atlantic graphical tropical weather outlook is updated at approximately 2am, 8am, 2pm, and 8pm EDT from June 1 to November 30 by the National Hurricane Center.