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SOI Executive Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani (Photo: XPRIZE)

Schmidt Appoints Virmani as Executive Director

;s national weather service.She has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Imperial College London, a master’s degree in atmospheric and marine environmental science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and a doctorate in physical oceanography from the University of South Florida.Virmani will join the institute at the end of February and will be based in Los Angeles. “I am delighted and honored to be joining the Schmidt Ocean Institute and am excited to work with its dedicated and enthusiastic team,” Virmani said. “The next decade will be an astonishing

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

of the Gulf of Mexico: Fort Jefferson/Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West, and Marathon. Data from the systems will provide new, real-time data for model assimilation and validation to better understand the evolution of the LCS. Award Amount: $1,371,027Project Director: Clifford Merz (University of South Florida)Project Team Affiliation: University of South Florida in cooperation with Rutgers University and University of MiamiGulf of Mexico Loop Current and Eddy Observations from HF Radar SystemsThis project will procure, install, and operate high frequency radar systems to measure surface currents from

The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Aids US Navy Underwater Vehicle Testing

industry.Located in Maryland, Carderock Division is the U.S. Navy's research, engineering, modelling and test center for surface and undersea technologies. It is the largest, most comprehensive establishment of its kind in the world. Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, Carderock’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) provides a demanding open ocean test environment for subsea systems and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) in development for both the Navy and wider maritime industry.To support this work, Carderock Division has ordered Sonardyne’s high accuracy Ranger


Inside research tank of University of Miami SUSTAIN laboratory (Photo: University of Miami)

University of Miami’s Hurricane Research is Helping Save Lives

2005, over 1500 people lost their lives to the storm surges, which reached up to 26 feet (8 meters) above normal sea level.In the same year, Hurricane Wilma surprised everybody when it powered up from a Category 2 to a Category 5 hurricane in a matter of hours.Then when Hurricane Irma headed towards south Florida last fall, millions of people – including Haus – fled from the oncoming winds and storm surges that were forecast to reach over 4 meters in some areas. Unlike Katrina and Wilma, Irma weakened, and storm surges in many places were less than anticipated.The power of a hurricaneStorms

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Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

sonar systems, high-speed underwater modem communication, air-deployable buoys, durability of composite materials, coastline security technologies and systems for harnessing ocean energy. SeaTech has a long-term partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock Division and its South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF), which extends offshore south of Port Everglades. The partnership provides extensive combined in-water testing and evaluation capabilities for UUVs and other underwater systems.  

Kenneth Graham (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards, enabling communities to be safe from tropical weather threats. The National Hurricane Center is co-located with the National Weather Service Miami-South Florida forecast office on the campus of Florida International University

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How Many Red Snapper Are in the Gulf of Mexico?

and Fisheries John Hoenig, College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science Matthew Lauretta, NOAA Fisheries (non-compensated collaborator) Robert Leaf, University of Southern Mississippi Vincent Lecours, University of Florida Steven Murawski, University of South Florida David Portnoy, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Eric Saillant, University of Southern Mississippi Lynne S. Stokes, Southern Methodist University John Walter, NOAA Fisheries (non-compensated collaborator) David Wells, Texas A&M University at Galveston  

Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Climate Scientists Adjust as Trump Builds Team of Oil Allies

want to base their policy on something other than science, it looks like they're going to get at least four years to try that out and we'll have an opportunity to see how it works," he said.   Other scientists were dealing with the stress of a new administration using humor. University of South Florida glaciologist Jason Gulley said his team had a list of joke projects for science under Trump. "How could we weaponize glaciers?" he asked, and what is the best real estate currently hidden under Greenland ice sheets.   (By Peter Henderson; Additional reporting by Valerie Volcovic

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New Research to Examine Oil Spill Impacts

A research team led by University of South Florida College of Marine Science professor Dr. Steven Murawski has been awarded a $1 million grant to explore how oil spills, such as the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) in 2010, impact the economic, ecological and social system aspects of fishing communities.    The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced Thursday a total of $2.1 million in grants. Murawski’s team, which also includes Dr. Claire Paris, a bio-physical modeler from the University of Miami, and an environmental science

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