Project NTAS - Northwest Tropical Atlantic Station for air-sea flux measurement
|NTAS surface mooring deployed near 15° N, 51°W.|
|UOP technicians servicing the NTAS buoy at sea.|
The Northwest Tropical Atlantic Station (NTAS) project for air-sea flux measurement was conceived in order to investigate surface forcing and oceanographic response in a region of the tropical Atlantic with strong SST anomalies and the likelihood of significant local air-sea interaction. The primary science objectives of the NTAS project are to to determine the in-situ fluxes of heat, moisture and momentum, and then to use these in-situ fluxes to make a regional assessment of flux components from numerical weather prediction models and satellites.
Beginning in March, 2001, we have maintained a fully-instrumented surface mooring at 15°N, 51°W to collect accurate time series of surface meteorology and upper ocean temperatures, velocities and salinities. The data collected will improve our understanding of the air-sea fluxes and sea-surface temperatures in the Northwest Tropical Altantic.
The NTAS experiment is supported through the Cooperative Institute for North Atlantic Region (CINAR), a partnership between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Principal funding is provided by the NOAA Climate Observation Division (COD).