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Optimization of unmanned observing swarms supporting assimilative ocean forecast systems


Naval Research Laboratory, MS, Ocean Sciences

opportunity location
64.17.01.C0720 Stennis Space Center, MS 395295004


name email phone
Charlie N Barron 228.688.5423


The objective of this research is to advance capabilities in ocean data assimilation and probabilistic forecasting developing control and optimization of swarms of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to provide observations informing assimilative forecast models. Such optimization and assimilation encompass underwater, airborne and satellite observing systems supporting global and regional ocean forecasts of temperature, salinity, and mixed-layer depth. Such forecasts include representation of forecast uncertainty in coupled atmosphere-ocean-ice-wave systems, extending from standard deterministic models forecast ensembles enabling probabilistic ocean forecasting. High priority efforts presently include automated targeting for unmanned ocean observing systems, representing probability in ocean/acoustic systems, and energy management for persistent observing swarms. Long term work is developing cutting edge capabilities that transition to operational forecast centers.

key words
ocean data assimilation; ocean glider; SLOCUM; sea surface temperature; autonomous; UUV; AUV; Unmanned underwater vehicle; Autonomous underwater vehicle; 3DVAR; 4DVAR; forward data assimilation;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,830.00 $3,000.00
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