The Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) is a center of excellence performing interdisciplinary research in ocean-atmosphere-land-ice interactions to increase our understanding of the physical, social, and economic consequences of climate variability. COAPS scientists and students come from a wide range of disciplines, including meteorology, oceanography, statistics, and the computer and information sciences.


NOAA Predicts Mix of Drought, Flooding and Warm Weather for Spring

Odds favor above-average temperatures across much of the continental United States, including drought-stricken areas of Texas, the Southwest and the Great Plains. Spring promises little drought relief for most of these areas, as well as Florida, with below- average spring precipitation favored there. More...

New Hurricane Measurement Technique

A new technique for measuring the Atlantic hurricane season has been developed at COAPS by Dr. Vasu Misra, Steven DiNapoli, and Dr. Mark Powell. Track Integrated Kinetic Energy (TIKE) is a wholistic analysis of the intensity, size, and durations of cyclones and is complimentary to existing metrics such as Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE). More...