Observations of Hurricane Sandy from a glider mounted aquadopp profiler

Travis Miles, Scott Glenn, Josh Kohut, Greg Seroka, Yi Xu

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

5 Scopus citations


The Middle Atlantic Bight (MAB) has been experienced numerous extra-tropical cyclones and hurricanes in recent years that have cauased extensive damage along the New York and New Jersey coastlines. Understanding the coastal ocean ahead of such events is critical to accurately forecasting storm intensity. On the MAB in summer temperatures can vary by over 14°C from the surface to bottom due to the presence of the summer Cold Pool. These cold bottom waters have the potential to weaken storms as they cross the shallow continental shelf. Despite the importance of understanding the dynamics ahead of and beneath these storms observations, the extreme conditions limit our ability to observe the coastal ocean response and potential atmospheric feedbacks. In order to resolve the coastal ocean response we deployed two Teledyne-Webb Slocum gliders ahead of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the second costliest hurricane in United States history. One glider, RU23, was equipped with a Nortek Aquadopp current profiler with a custom glider transducer head. Ahead of Hurricane Sandy we two-layer cross-shelf flow consisted with a downwelling circulation. As the downwelling front was advected offshore past the glider location two-layer cross-shelf flow shifted to one-layer along-shelf flow. With the offshore advection of cold bottom water there was no available cold water to mix to the surface and reduce the impact of Hurricane Sandy as it crossed the shelf.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2013
EventOCEANS 2013 MTS/IEEE San Diego Conference: An Ocean in Common - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 23 2013Sep 26 2013


OtherOCEANS 2013 MTS/IEEE San Diego Conference: An Ocean in Common
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering


  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
  • Current profilers
  • Gliders
  • Hurricanes
  • Ocean Observing


Dive into the research topics of 'Observations of Hurricane Sandy from a glider mounted aquadopp profiler'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this