Dr. Bia Villas Boas’s research group will play a key role in leading the ocean surface wave modeling and observational aspects on a new project funded by the Department of Defense (DOD). The DOD Office of Naval Research has allocated $9 million over five years to support a groundbreaking research initiative aimed at investigating critical gaps in understanding air-sea interactions, particularly in extreme wind conditions such as tropical cyclones. Led by a multidisciplinary team of investigators from various academic institutions across the United States, this project will employ state-of-the-art observations and numerical modeling techniques. By furthering our understanding of how ocean surface waves and atmospheric turbulence influence weather and climate dynamics, the project will seek to develop new insights that can enhance predictive capabilities and contribute to safer, more resilient communities in the face of increasingly extreme weather events.