|The Stratus project is located in the eastern tropical Pacific.|
|The Stratus surface buoy being deployed.|
As part of the Eastern Pacific Investigation of Climate (EPIC) program, the UOP group has undertaken a study of Long-Term Evolution and Coupling of the Boundary layers in the Stratus Deck regions of the eastern tropical Pacific. The goal of the Stratus project is to observe and understand air-sea interactions and the surface forcing in the region of the cold tongue/intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).
Beginning in October, 2000, we have maintained a fully-instrumented surface mooring at 20°S, 85°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 Eastern Tropical Pacific.
The Stratus 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).