Air-sea exchange

Research Area: Air-sea exchange

The atmosphere and the ocean are closely linked by the transfer of heat, gases and energy from one to the other.  For example, energy from the wind blowing over the surface of the ocean produces waves and currents.  Similarly, the ocean surface absorbs most of the heat from the sun and the surface currents move this warm water around the world and warm the atmosphere from below.  In addition, greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) are transferred between atmosphere and ocean, with the ocean absorbing CO2 on average.

Contact Name: 
Margaret Yelland, Robin Pascal, Elizabeth Kent