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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


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The Monterey Inner Shelf Observatory (MISO) is a component of the Rapid Environmental Assessment Laboratory (REAL) being developed by the oceanography and meteorology departments at the Naval Postgraduate School . The REAL laboratory will encompass a range of littoral oceanography observation and modelling programs focused on littoral (coastal) oceanography. MISO has a long term cabled instrument frame deployed at the southern end of Monterey Bay in 12m of water, about 600m from the shoreline, with support instruments on the sand dunes inshore from the underwater frame. The instruments on the 12m frame are designed to study the interaction of winds, waves and the sediment bed in the inner continental shelf, just offshore from the surf zone. Surface observations of the surf zone and breaking waves are made from an automated digital camera located on the sand dune overlooking the underwater frame. By using a high bandwidth multifiber optic and power cable connected to a shore terminus, long term measurements of these importatant coastal processes can be made for use in research programs and teaching by faculty of the Oceanography Department at the Naval Postgraduate School and shared with other users. Hourly summaries of the data sets are available through the main MISO web site