Air-Launched Autonomous Micro Observer (ALAMO) are compact, autonomous profiling floats. Their small size allows them to be conveniently deployed out of aircraft, making ALAMO floats ideal for the rapid-response deployments necessary for studying short-term phenomena. The WHOI ALAMO team uses these floats for several research applications, including hurricanes and Arctic change.
This group conducts exploratory, interdisciplinary ocean research using autonomous systems to describe and quantify complex oceanic processes which occur on time and space scales inaccessible with traditional tools.
This group primarily maintains a suite of instrumentation that normally does not penetrate the near surface layer. They are also responsible for going to sea to deploy and recover these moorings. This includes current, temperature, pressure and conductivity measurements in the deep ocean to full ocean depth.
The Mooring Operations, Engineering, and Field Support Group is a full-service mooring group comprised of personnel from both the Department of Physical Oceanography, the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department. This group has the resources to provide complete, one-stop mooring services, including not only design and mooring fabrication, but also the coordination of logistics and at-sea support for all types of operations.
The ocean mixing group at WHOI started working on the problem of quantifying ocean mixing processes more than a decade ago. First a deep ocean capable instrument was designed, constructed and tested. After proving a success, it became the workhorse of the group, and has been used in eight major research programs.
The operational instrumentation activities within the Physical Oceanography department are coordinated under an umbrella group known as Physical Oceanography Observational Laboratories (POOL).
The RAFOS Float Group designs, tests, and ballasts subsurface floats that are tracked underwater using a moored sound source array. This group also designs, builds, tunes and tests the sound sources.
The primary focus of the Upper Ocean Processes Group is the study of the upper oceans and air-sea interface using moored surface buoys equipped with meteorological and underwater sensors.
The Arctic Ocean is an important component of the global climate system. Processes occurring in the Arctic Ocean affect the rate of deep and bottom water formation in the convective regions of the North Atlantic and influence ocean circulation across the globe. WHOI?s PO scientists are involved in Arctic climate research, investigations of the water and ice circulation, and process studies including mixing, eddy generation, shelf-basin exchange mechanisms, sea level variability, and many others.
The WHOI Float Group designs, tests, deploys, and analyzes data from a variety of autonomous profiling floats. Their work supports ocean observing programs like Argo, ALAMO, and SODA.
The WOCE Subsurface Float Data Assembly Center, which included historical and WOCE era freely-drifting subsurface float data from 1972 through the year 2000, was updated and migrated to a NOAA database. See link herein.