On Wednesday 8th January Dr Helen Czerski, University College London, will give the talk “Bubbles and a planet: the connection and why it matters”
Building 53 Room 4025, Highfield Campus, 4-5pm. All welcome. Refreshments served after the talk.
Gases and particles are constantly being exchanged between the ocean and the atmosphere, affecting the chemistry of both these huge systems. The main gas of interest is carbon dioxide, since about a third of the extra CO2 that humans are putting up into the atmosphere is being transferred to the oceans and that process does not happen evenly across the world’s oceans. This exchange is affected by a range of environmental parameters, including wind speed, temperature and biological conditions in the water. My main interest is the contribution that the bubbles from breaking waves make. We have just spent six weeks at sea in the North Atlantic, collecting data on air-sea exchanges in high wind conditions, and we now have a very extensive data set for analysis. I would love to find new ways of making use of this data set, and I’m interested in any ideas out there for how to do it better.