LC-Floats: Near Real-time Hydrography and Deep Velocity in the Loop Current System using Autonomous Profilers
Amy Bower (WHOI), Steve Jayne (WHOI), Heather Furey (WHOI). Collaborator: Paula Perez-Brunius (CICESE)
A fleet of 20-25 autonomous profilers deployed in the Loop Current System (LCS) active area in the eastern Gulf of Mexico are part of the NAS Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems campaign, and provide publicly-available near-real-time data to weather forecast models to aid in hurricane prediction. These data are also being used in conjunction with c-PIES data to explore the physical mechanism of Loop Current expansion into the Gulf and subsequent Loop Current Ring formation. Read More
Current position of floats deployed to date:
*** ALSO INCLUDES FLOATS NOT PART OF LC-FLOATS PROGRAM ***
WHOI-Argo webpages of the floats deployed to date:
This project is generously funded by the National Academy of Sciences.
LC-Floats float missions changed to higher sampling frequency during 2021 hurricane season.
Image from 30 August 2021, Hurricane Ida. http://argo.whoi.edu/solo2/h21_status.html