Ocean Circulation Lab
USF College of Marine Science
















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Who We Are

OCG sample image model output . The Ocean Circulation Lab within the CMS-USF, founded by Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Robert Weisberg and now directed by Dr. Yonggang Liu, engages in physical oceanographic studies of the ocean circulation and the interactions between the oceans and atmosphere. Present emphases are on the West Florida Continental Shelf (WFS), the broad, coastal ocean region between the shoreline and the deep Gulf of Mexico, where the circulation provides the connectivity, which is of fundamental importance to all aspects of ecology. OCG working on
	  buoy. Our approach includes a coordinated program of coastal ocean observations and numerical circulation models. We recognize that there can never be enough observations and that models alone are of limited use. It is through the coordination of these activities that we achieve an improved understanding on the workings of the coastal ocean. Our observational program includes the use of moored buoys, HF Radars and a combination of drifters and gliders (joint with the CMS Center for Ocean Technology). Models presently consist of an eastern Gulf of Mexico, West Florida Coastal Ocean Model (WFCOM) nowcast/frecast system using unstructured FVCOM nested in Gulf of Mexico HYCOM and a very high resolution Tampa Bay Coastal Ocean Model (TBCOM) nowcast/forecast system nesting within the WFCOM, focusing on the studies of the estuaries and the interactions between the estuaries and the continental shelf.

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