Themes and Activities

Forecasting and Remote Sensing


Overview: The USF College of Marine Science Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction Systems (COMPS) offshore program, under the direction of COMIT Co-PI R.H Weisberg, has a coordinated program of coastal ocean observing and modeling that is partially supported through the NOAA-IOOS Program administered by the Southeast Coastal Ocean Regional Association (SECOORA). The COMPS program includes real-time observations from an array of moored buoys and daily, automated nowcast/forecast circulation models for the continental shelf and estuaries of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, plus a very high resolution (20m) model for the Tampa Bay vicinity. Dr. Weisberg and his team have developed models which have been applied to hurricane storm surge and waves, transport of materials and biota, including red tide tracking, oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill and other contaminants, the recruitment of fish larvae to nearshore nursery areas and search and rescue operations. These models, with flooding and drying, also include high-resolution bathymetry and coastal geomorphology. 

Proposed activities:

  • Nesting models to support navigation
  • Identify the sensitivity of bathymetry and bottom type on hydrodynamic models
  • Compare the use of high-precision datums vs. commercial services as applied to UxS vs. ship-based platforms