Workshop on ‘Frontiers in ocean-atmosphere exchange: Air sea interface and fluxes of mass and energy’
Ocean-atmosphere fluxes of momentum, heat, freshwater, gases and aerosols play a critical role in the regulation of climate. The problem of adequately describing air-sea fluxes is complex, and simplistic parameterizations are not sufficient to represent the fluxes in models. Uncertainties in air-sea exchanges constrain our ability to understand and model our changing climate. It is therefore necessary to come to a mechanistic understanding of the processes affecting exchange of mass and energy across the air-sea interface from nano-to-global scales.
This workshop will address the issues surrounding air-sea fluxes of mass and energy.
Topics covered will be:
Developments in air-sea flux observations.
Translating upper ocean turbulence observations into parameterisations and models.
The role of waves in modifying air-sea fluxes.
The sea surface microlayer and its effect on air-sea exchange processes.
A detailed programme will be developed based on the abstracts received.