ESSO - Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services

(An Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India)

Rama Buoy

The RAMA observational network is designed to address outstanding scientific questions related to the Indian Ocean variability and the monsoons. As per the MoU between MoES/ESSO-INCOIS and NOAA/PMEL, 38 operations at 18 sites were carried out, which includes deployments, recovery and repair of the ATLAS, CONE type and ADCP moorings, during the past one year. At present 31 out of 46 (67%) RAMA sites were covered. Physical oceanographic and meteorological data collected within RAMA has been extensively used to understand the thermohaline structure in the Bay of Bengal (Figure) and validation of satellite derived product and model parameter values.