While in the United States meeting with NOAA’s National Ocean Service and National Weather Service, members of the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) traveled to Newark, DE to spend time at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) Headquarters. The meeting at the University of Delaware included KMA representatives, Mr. Homan Lee (Deputy Director, Marine Meteorological Division), Mr. Hyunmin Eom (Assistant Director, Marine Meteorological Division) and Mr. Junghyeon Yang (Assistant Director, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Meteorology), and MARACOOS representatives, Gerhard Kuska (Executive Director), Josh Kohut (Researcher and co-PI), and Mary Ford (Program Coordinator).
Discussions centered around ocean observing to improve storm predictions, particularly improving accuracy of storm intensity, as well as improving search and rescue and disaster response capabilities during high-impact weather events in coastal areas and offshore. MARACOOS has a number of existing collaborations with Korea including with the Korea Operational Oceanographic System (KOOS), Korea Ocean Research Development Institute (KORDI), Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), and the Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Administration (KHOA). This meeting may lead to further discussions and collaboration during a joint glider deployment planned in Korea during Summer 2018.
From left to right: Junghyeon Yang (KMA), Josh Kohut (MARACOOS), Hyunmin Eom (KMA), Homan Lee (KMA), Gerhard Kuska (MARACOOS), Mary Ford (MARACOOS)