- Research Topics
The Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) research emphasis is quite broad. Current research to improve hurricane storm surge predictions in the Gulf of Mexico and develop an understanding of the regional distributions of hurricane activity in the United States is of importance to all Floridians and coastal residents. Among other things, COAPS research includes understanding oceanographic measurements obtained from satellites for sea surface winds, sea surface shape, and ocean color. It also focuses on climate forecasting for farmers in Florida, Georgia and Alabama using coupled atmosphere - ocean global and regional models.
COAPS has 78 people working on research grants totaling nearly $11.6 million in annual expenditures from 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 Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), 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. Through these grants, they produce original published papers that advance our understanding of the ocean and the atmosphere.