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Research Thrusts


  1. Coastal Ocean Monitoring using Autonomous and Remote Sensing Instruments
    • Real-Time surface current mapping with coastal RADAR systems
    • UAV mapping and surveys of river breaching events
    • Glider surveys of Monterey Bay
  2. Ocean Acoustics
    • Canada Basin Acoustic Propagation Experiment
    • Cross-slope Acoustic Scattering & Transmission Experiment
  3. Expeditionary and Mine Warfare Applications in the Littoral Zone
  4. Observations and Predictions of Arctic Change
  5. Numerical Modeling

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Canada Basin Acoustic Propagation Experiment (CANAPE)

Funded by the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Postgraduate School teamed with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in a field experiment abord the USCGC Healy to deploy deep-water moorings in the Beaufort Sea.

With changes in the Arctic Ocean structure and ice cover, the Canada Basin Acoustic Propagation Experiment (CANAPE) deep water comoponent was designed to study the low frequency propagation and ambient noise in the seasonal conditions of open water, marginal ice zone / partial coverage, and complete ice coverage conditions throughout the one year study period.

Canada Basin Mooring locations

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Pine Island Glacier Oceanography Program

pineAs part of the International Polar Year project "Ocean-Ice Interaction in the Amundsen Sea: the Keystone to Ice-Sheet Stability", the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs has funded an investigation of the ocean circulation and ocean-ice interaction in the seawater-filled cavity below Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. A sophisticated, profiling ocean sensor package is currently being developed to provide new observations of the role of the ocean in melting the underside of the glacier.


Link to more information and data

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NPS Autonomous Ocean Flux Bouy Program

bouyThe Autonomous Ocean Flux Buoy program is being conducted to monitor and better understand the delicate balance between the upper ocean, sea ice cover, and incoming solar radiation that sustains the perenial ice cover in the Arctic Ocean. A highly specialized observation system has been developed underNational Science Foundation, Arctic Observing Network sponsorship to meet this goal. Explore the links on the left to learn more about the program.


Link to data sets from the Flux Bouy Program