Atmospheric Ocean Observatory (AOO)

Consistent, standardized measurement of a wide range of high-resolution atmospheric measurements over the world’s oceans is crucial for developing improved climate models, which are currently constrained by data gaps – especially over the Arctic Ocean, yet ship-certified atmospheric observation facilities are few and are limited in their availability.


To expand this capacity, Global Oceans and a developing AOO Science Consortium of academic institutions, government agencies, and intergovernmental bodies are collaborating to design, fund, and build a new multi-modular facility called the Atmospheric Ocean Observatory (AOO) for global deployment on Global Oceans MARV and PolarMARV vessels. The AOO will be a nongovernmental, nonprofit facility to be funded through private philanthropy and operated on behalf of the global science community.


This new initiative will enable more flexible, frequent, and globally collaborative atmospheric measurements worldwide, with a particular focus in two areas: mobilization in the Arctic Ocean to generate high-resolution data for improving global climate models; and deployment in the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific region to support improved modeling of the poorly understood annual Asian Monsoons, which impact nearly a third of the global population.


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Project Highlights

Asian Monsoon Modeling Project

Roxy Mathew Koll, PhD, Climate Scientist

Centre for Climate Change Research, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India


AOO deployment in the tropical Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific region for atmospheric observations, coupled with simultaneous oceanographic measurements on MARVs, represent an important opportunity to fill crucial data gaps that will support the development of more accurate computational models of Asian Monsoons.

Atmospheric Ocean Observatory

AIS Presentation at the AMS 15th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography

Jim Costopulos, CEO

Global Oceans, New York, NY, USA


Presentation about the Atmospheric Instrumentation Suite (AIS) project, now called the Atmospheric Ocean Observatory (AOO), delivered at the AMS Conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA in May 2019.

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Project Team & Advisors

Atmospheric Ocean Observatory (AOO) Science Advisory Council

The AOO Project Team invites participation from the international atmospheric and oceanographic research communities to join the growing AOO Science Advisory Council and AOO Science Consortium of partnering institutions. The AOO facility will be funded, built, owned, and operated as an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental facility for use by the international science community, and we welcome input from the community on the design, deployment, and scientific prioritization of the facility.

Gunilla Svensson, PhD

Gunilla Svensson, PhD

Full Professor

Department of Meteorology &

Bolin Centre for Climate Research

Stockholm University, Sweden

Michael Tjernström, PhD

Michael Tjernström, PhD

Full Professor & Director of PhD Studies

Department of Meteorology

Stockholm University, Sweden

Matthew Shupe, PhD

Matthew Shupe, PhD

Research Scientist

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA

Roxy Mathew Koll, PhD

Roxy Mathew Koll, PhD

Climate Scientist

Centre for Climate Change Research

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India

Amit Tandon, PhD

Amit Tandon, PhD

Professor

School for Marine Science & Technology, Estuarine & Ocean Sciences, UMass Dartmouth University, Dartmouth, MA

Ernie Lewis

Ernie Lewis

Atmospheric Scientist

Environmental and Climate Sciences

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Brookhaven, NY, USA