Ocean Technology Group

The RSMAS Ocean Technology Group (OTECH) conducts a wide range of sea-going experimental research as part of the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography. As such, it is one of the largest groups of its kind in the country and supports experiments conducted by scientists at other institutions as well as RSMAS.

In the past decade, OTECH has carried out experiments in most of the World Ocean, including the North and South Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Indian Oceans, the Straits of Florida, and the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. These experiments have ranged from studies of the general ocean circulation such as the Madagascar Current, SYNOP (Synoptic Ocean Prediction), STACS (Subtropical Atlantic Climate Studies), WATTS (Western Atlantic Thermal Transport Study), ACCP (Atlantic Climate Change Program), WESTRAX (Western Tropical Atlantic Experiment), and California Current experiments, to studies of oceanic heat flux (STACS, Tropic Heat), ocean ventilation in the Caribbean(CaribVent), deep water formation in the Mediterranean (MEDOC87) and interdisciplinary studies (SEFCAR). This work has been funded by a wide range of agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Minerals Management Service, and the State of Florida.

OTECH maintains a large inventory of standard equipment, including approximately 30 Aanderaa, 45 vector-averaging (VACM) and 6 vector-measuring (VMCM) current meters, 6 acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), 30 acoustic mooring releases and 3 PEGASUS acoustic current profilers. In addition the group is involved in the development or expanded use of new instrumentation, including RAFOS (autonomous, acoustically tracked subsurface) floats, and satellite based (using Global Positioning System or GPS) acoustic current profilers.


William Johns
Associate Professor (acoustic measurements, boundary current and mesoscale processes)
Kevin D. Leaman
Professor (current profiling techniques, western boundary currents, ocean dynamics)
Thomas N. Lee
Research Professor (shelf dynamics, mesoscale eddies, interdisciplinary studies, western boundary currents)
Lynn K. Shay
Research Assistant Professor (air-sea interactions, ocean response to atmosphere forcing aircraft-based ocean measurements)
John C. Van Leer
Associate Professor (instrument development, upper ocean dynamics, Arctic oceanography, coastal oceanography)


Phil Bedard
Project Assistant [MPO] (OTECH management, VACM and release electronics)
John Fiocchi
Marine Technician [MPO] (VACM current meters, instrument development)
Mark Graham
Senior Marine Technician [MPO] (Aanderaa current meters, instrument development)
Robert Jones
Senior Marine Technician [MPO] (Niskin current meters, acoustic releases, instrument development)
Dan Troutman
Marine Technician [MPO] (mooring fabrication, instrument design)
Peter Vertes
Senior Research Associate [MPO] (data analysis, PEGASUS current profilers, RAFOS floats, GPS/PEGASUS current profiler development)
Elizabeth Williams
Research Associate [MPO] (data analysis, surface drifters, Aanderaa current meters)
Rainer Zantopp
Senior Research Associate [MPO] (data analysis, VACM, VMCM and Aanderaa current meters, ADCPs)

Contact Information

Mr. Philip Bedard
RSMAS - University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

tel: 305/361-4171
fax: 305/361-4096
Last Revised: 15 November 1996