Marine Meteorology and Space

The Marine Meteorology and Space program sponsors innovative basic and applied research in the broad thrust areas of atmospheric prediction, atmospheric effects, air-sea interaction, marine boundary layer processes and space environment. Emphasis is placed on research aimed at improving data, analysis and prediction systems for describing and forecasting environmental parameters critical to Navy and Marine Corps operations in marine and littoral zones, tactical sensor support and prediction system development.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Atmospheric prediction addresses topics in global, mesoscale and on-scene modeling focused on the marine atmosphere and coastal zone. Topics of recent interest include:
    • Tropical cyclone behavior and evolution, especially unique genesis, intensity and structure issues in the Western Pacific
    • Global atmospheric oscillations and teleconnections
    • Development of physical parameterizations suitable for near-real-time, high spatial and temporal resolution environmental prediction
  • Atmospheric effects places emphasis on topics that aim to improve the modeling and prediction of environmental effects on electromagnetic and electro-optic propagation critical to Navy and Marine Corps platform, sensor, weapons and communications performance. Topics of interest include:
    • Marine boundary layer aerosols
    • Aerosol-cloud-radiation interaction
    • Atmospheric refractivity
  • Air-sea interaction is closely coordinated with the Physical Oceanography program, and it encompasses process studies and coupled-model development extending from the top of the atmospheric boundary layer to the bottom of the ocean mixed layer. Topics of interest include:
    • Marine boundary layer dynamics
    • Cloud-topped boundary layer processes and microphysics
  • Space environment research interests include:
    • Improved specification of the global ionosphere
    • Studies of ionospheric irregularities which impact radio frequency propagation at all frequencies up to and including those used by GPS

Investigations of space weather phenomena are directed toward improved understanding and forecast of ionospheric and thermospheric processes and disturbances, and upper atmospheric composition and dynamics.

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Improving the understanding of processes in the marine atmosphere that will enable the next generation of coupled (land/ocean/ice/atmosphere) prediction systems
  • Enhancing the skill of current regional and global prediction systems through novel use of improved physics and numerics, observations and data assimilation
  • Improving the predictability of the atmosphere over the Arctic

Type of Funding Available

  • Basic Research
  • Applied Research
  • Advanced Technology Development
  • Advanced Component Development and Prototypes

For More Information

Watch ONR's tropical cyclone research video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGznRSfuThE

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Ronald J. Ferek

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 322

Email for Questions: ron.ferek@navy.mil

Name: Dr. Daniel P. Eleuterio

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 322

Email for Questions: daniel.eleuterio@navy.mil


Program Funding

We encourage the submission of a planning letter (a brief description of your scientific idea and budget estimate) so that we can provide programmatic and technical feedback prior to writing a full proposal. Submit planning letters to the program officers listed above, preferably by June 1st for the upcoming fiscal year.

Submit white papers, QUAD charts and full proposals for contracts to this email address: ONR Code 32 Research Submissions

Follow instructions within the BAA for submission of grant proposals to grants.gov website.

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