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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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.
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.