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Marine Meteorology

Marine meteorology deals primarily with the physics of the marine atmosphere including the study of atmospheric phenomena above the oceans, their influence on shallow and deep water, and the influence of the ocean surface on atmospheric processes.

For more than 20 years, the Marine Meteorology Group has participated In field measurement programs conducted in maritime locations around the world. An extensive archive of both surface meteorological and atmospheric profile data has been acquired and is available for analysis. On the other hand, research activities are not limited to the ocean environment. For example, a current program is focused on the atmospheric boundary layer characteristics over an inland urban area. With the resources now offered by the Earth Scan Lab, aspects of the meteorology and oceanography of almost any geographic location can be studied through application of the wide variety of remotely-sensed data provided by polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite platforms.

Research on the following topics is ongoing at CSI:

  • Air-sea interaction for momentum and heat exchanges
  • Structure of the marine atmospheric boundary layer
  • Atmospheric dispersion characteristics for pollution transport research and modeling
  • Marine cyclogenesis
  • Wind-wave interactions during storm and hurricane conditions
  • Atmospheric refractive physics for laser microwave propagation
  • Tropical storm intensification and storm track via remotely-sensed (satellite) data
  • Structure of the urban atmospheric boundary layer associated with high ambient ozone levels
  • Haze and particulate matter (PM) characteristics affecting the coastal zone


Images of specialists at work

Former CSI Field Shop Coordinator Rodney Fredericks servicing a meteorological
datalogger deployed on a near-shore platform in the northern Gulf of Mexico.


A tethered kitoon being retrieved aboard the oil tanker Agip Milano in
the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily.


CSI Electronics Technician Bill Gibson preparing to service a meteorological and
air quality station deployed on Gosier Island, in the Chandeleur Islands east
of the Mississippi River Delta.



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