The Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) is a center of excellence performing interdisciplinary research in ocean-atmosphere-land-ice interactions to increase our understanding of the physical, social, and economic consequences of climate variability.

COAPS is part of the Florida State University (FSU) College of Arts and Sciences and has ~70 people working on research grants totaling nearly $8.8 million in annual expenditures. COAPS teaching faculty are also members of the FSU Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. COAPS scientists and students come from a wide range of disciplines, including meteorology, oceanography, statistics, and the computer and information sciences. See an overview presentation.

Mission Statement

To be a center of excellence which promotes interdisciplinary research in air-sea interaction, the coupled ocean-atmosphere-land-ice earth system, and climate prediction on scales of weeks to decades in order to increase our understanding of the physical, social, and economical consequences of coupled ocean-atmospheric variations.


COAPS was formed in August 1996 by the Florida Board of Regents. The founding director was Dr. James J. O'Brien, professor emeritus of meteorology and oceanography. In December 2006, Dr. O'Brien retired and Dr. Eric Chassignet took over as director.Chassignet Photo

Dr. Chassignet is an expert on the role of the ocean in climate variability from the complementary perspectives of coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling and observations. His emphasis is on the study of the thermohaline circulation, western boundary currents, associated eddies and their impact on the world ocean circulation. Dr. Chassignet is a leader in the development of the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM), the Florida Climate Institute, and the Deep-C Consortium, which was created in response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


Our sponsors include: the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, DeepStar, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), the National Park Service, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the State of Florida, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the United States Geological Survey, and others.

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