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New Near-Surface Ocean Velocity, Stratification, and Flux Observations for Tropical Climate


Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Pacific Marine Environment Lab

RO# Location
26.77.85.C0077 Seattle , WA 98115


Name E-mail Phone
Cronin, Meghan F. 206.526.6449
Kessler, William S. 206.526.6221


As part of the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS)-2020 project, a pilot study is underway enhancing several tropical Pacific (TAO) moorings with additional sensors to measure ocean currents, temperature, and salinity in the upper 50 meters of the water column, where direct wind forcing of ocean currents occurs. The moorings were also enhanced for more complete sampling of air-sea flux variables. The combination provides an extraordinarily rich view of the near-surface ocean and its forcing in the tropics, at high temporal and vertical resolution.

The goal of this project is to investigate mechanisms influencing upper ocean currents and their feedbacks on the ocean thermal field in this key region. These results will help guide both model development and the TPOS-2020 redesign of the tropical observing system. These new mooring array enhancements provide an opportunity to describe coupled processes that are crucial to the tropical climate but remain poorly known.



Cronin MF, Kessler WS: Near-Surface Shear Flow in the Tropical Pacific Cold Tongue Front. Journal of Physical Oceanography 39: 1200-1215, 2009

Cravatte S, Kessler WS, Smith N, Wijffels S, Ando K, Cronin M, Farrar T, Guilyardi E, Kumar A, Lee T, Roemmich D, Sprintall J, Serra Y, Strutton P, Sutton A, Takahashi K, Wittenberg A: The TPOS 2020 Project: First Report., 2016


Upper ocean physics; Ocean currents; Climate; Air-sea interaction; Buoy observations; Tropical Pacific;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$58,000.00 $2,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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