The ocean’s vital skin: Towards an integrated understanding of the sea surface microlayer


"Despite the huge extent of the ocean’s surface, until now relatively little attention has been paid to the sea surface microlayer (SML) as the ultimate interface where heat, momentum and mass exchange between the ocean and the atmosphere takes place. Via the SML, large-scale environmental changes in the ocean such as warming, acidification, deoxygenation and eutrophication potentially influence cloud formation, precipitation and the global radiation balance. Due to the deep connectivity between biological, chemical and physical processes, studies of the SML may reveal multiple sensitivities to global and regional changes.  [...]"

Source: Frontiers in Marine Science
Authors: Anja Engel et al.
DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00165

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