The mission of the NSUOC Physical Oceanography (PO) Lab is to conduct high quality, solution-oriented, basic and applied scientific research. With a new generation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites (TerraSAR-X, ALOS PALSAR, RADARSAT-2, COSMO SkyMed) our ability to study the ocean from space has dramatically increased.
The PO Lab is actively involved in the implementation of this new technology for oceanographic research, working in close collaboration with the University of Miami RSMAS, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Bedford Institute of Oceanography, University of Hamburg, and Seoul National University. In June-July 2010, the PO Lab conducted an experiment in the Straits of Florida aimed at the validation of the SAR technology for identification and tracing of oil spills.
The PO Lab also provides advanced scientific training to students. Currently, four M.S. Degree students are involved in the research activities of the PO Lab.