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Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems Grants 1 (Awarded 2018)

Topic: Studies and Observations to Inform the Loop Current Campaign
Total Awards: 8 projects totaling $10,365,081
Grant Type: Loop Current System Research Campaign
Grant Type Description: Research, observation, and analysis activities to improve understanding, modeling, and forecasting of the Gulf of
Mexico Loop Current System.
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Dry Tortugas and Lower Keys High Frequency Radars
Award Amount: $1,371,027
Project Director: Clifford Merz (University of South Florida)
Project Team Affiliation: University of South Florida in cooperation with Rutgers University and University of Miami
Overview: This project will procure, install, and operate high frequency radar systems to measure surface currents at three locations in the Straits of Florida region of the Gulf of Mexico: Fort Jefferson/Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West, and Marathon. The systems will provide new, real-time data for model assimilation and validation to better understand the evolution of the LCS.

Gulf of Mexico Loop Current and Eddy Observations from High Frequency Radar Systems
Award Amount: $1,229,424
Project Director: Stephan Howden (University of Southern Mississippi)
Project Team Affiliation: University of Southern Mississippi in cooperation with CODAR Ocean Sensors,
Rutgers University, and Shell
Overview: This project will procure, install, and operate high frequency radar systems to measure surface currents from two offshore platforms at locations in the northeastern-most areas of oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The systems will provide new, real-time data for model assimilation and validation to better understand the evolution of the LCS.

Informing the Loop Current Campaign: Data Compilation to Improve Understanding, Simulation, and Prediction of the Loop Current System
Award Amount: $647,813
Project Director: Barbara Kirkpatrick (Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association)
Project Team Affiliation: Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association in cooperation with Fugro, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Ocean Sierra, RPS Ocean Systems, Texas A&M University–College Station, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, and Woods Hole Group
Overview: This project will design, develop, deploy, and maintain an information system to digitally compile, update, analyze, and make publicly accessible physical oceanographic and hydrographic data from Gulf of Mexico Loop Current field studies. The system will be an important component of future data compilation efforts for a long-term LCS research campaign.

Loop Current Floats: Near-Real-Time Hydrography and Deep Velocity in the Loop Current System Using Autonomous Profilers
Award Amount: $1,155,371
Project Director: Amy Bower (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Project Team Affiliation: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in cooperation with Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada)
Overview: This project will procure, deploy, and maintain a fleet of autonomous ocean dynamics-instrumented profiling floats to measure temperature, salinity, and current velocities in LCS active areas of the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Numerical Modeling
Award Amount: $2,100,946
Project Director: Ruoying He (North Carolina State University)
Project Team Affiliation: North Carolina State University in cooperation with Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada); Chevron; Florida State University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and University of California, Santa Cruz
Overview: This project will perform assessments of existing Gulf of Mexico forecasting systems to test the performance and sensitivity of current models in resolving both surface and subsurface circulation and to evaluate long-range prediction capabilities.

Passive Gulf of Mexico Loop Current Observations from High Frequency Radar Across the Yucatan Strait
Award Amount: $844,263
Project Director: Anthony Knap (Texas A&M University–College Station)
Project Team Affiliation: Texas A&M University–College Station in cooperation with CODAR Ocean Sensors and Rutgers University
Overview: This project will procure, install, and operate high frequency radar systems to measure surface currents at two locations in the Yucatan Channel region of the Gulf of Mexico: Isla Contoy and Puerto Morelos. The systems will provide new, real-time data for model assimilation and validation to better understand the evolution of the LCS.

Pressure and Current Meters
Award Amount: $2,078,240
Project Director: Kathleen Donohue (The University of Rhode Island)
Project Team Affiliation: The University of Rhode Island
Overview: This project will procure and deploy a coherent field array of sensors in deep waters of the central Gulf region to measure currents and pressures in the full water column from areas near the ocean floor to the surface. Data collected about full water column circulation will increase understanding of LCS behavior and inform LCS forecasting efforts.

Taking the Pulse of the West Florida Shelf at a Hypothesized Loop Current Control Point
Award Amount: $937,997
Project Director: Robert Weisberg (University of South Florida)
Project Team Affiliation: University of South Florida in cooperation with University of Delaware
Overview: This project will procure, deploy, and operate a single-point, real-time ocean dynamics mooring northwest of the Dry Tortugas to measure temperature, salinity, and currents at different depths.



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