NOAA-AOML/UM-RSMAS Ocean Modeling and OSSE Center (OMOC)

The NOAA-AOML/UM-RSMAS Ocean Modeling and OSSE Center (OMOC) was established in May 2010 as a joint center involving the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), of the University of Miami (UM), and the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS, under the Ocean Modeling Research Theme). The Center's mission is to conduct basic and applied research in the use of data assimilative ocean modeling for observing system design studies and for ocean forecasting.

Key Goals:

Research Projects:

  • Develop, evaluate, and validate a prototype ocean OSSE (Observing System Simulation Experiment) relocatable system
  • Use OSEs (Observing System Experiments) and OSSEs (both regional and basin-wide) to improve the quality of ocean analysis and forecasts for a broad range of applications:

    • Hurricane intensity prediction using coupled hurricane forecast models
    • Predicting the transport and dispersion of oil and marine debris
    • Monitoring and forecasting ocean climate variability
  • Communicate results of observing system impact studies to key stakeholders, such as:
    • Ocean and weather forecast centers
    • Ocean observing system programs


George Halliwell, Ph.D. (NOAA/AOML)
phone: 305-361-4346

Villy Kourafalou, Ph.D. (UM/RSMAS)
phone: 305-421-4905


Advisory Board:

Robert Atlas, Ph.D. and Gustavo Goni, Ph.D. (NOAA/AOML)

Peter Ortner, Ph.D. (UM/RSMAS/CIMAS)