Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 15 Issue 01

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Volume 15, No. 1
Pages 88 - 98

The Coupled Ocean/Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System (COAMPS)

Richard M. Hodur Xiaodong Hong James D. DoyleJulie PullenJames Cummings Paul Martin Mary Alice Rennick
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The U.S. Navy has a need for the analysis and prediction of the atmosphere and the ocean. Routine military exercises can be profoundly affected by variations in the atmospheric temperature, relative humidity, and wind; and by variations in the ocean temperature, salinity, and currents. These variations can significantly affect tactical parameters, such as radar propagation, acoustics, and visibility, which can be critical to the success of military missions. Often, these variations occur across small space and time scales, making them difficult to observe and to predict.


Hodur, R.M., J. Pullen, J. Cummings, X. Hong, J.D. Doyle, P. Martin, and M.A. Rennick. 2002. The Coupled Ocean/Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System (COAMPS). Oceanography 15(1):88–98, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2002.39.