Southern Ocean Mixed Layer Dynamics
Description: The mixed layer is a window between the ocean and atmosphere, absorbing vast amount of CO2 and heat from the atmosphere and distributing it into the ocean interior, where it remains for centuries. This way, the ocean reducing the amount of atmospheric heat and carbon dioxide. A key factor the mediates this is the ocean stratification. In my work, I aim to understand the processes that control the ocean stratification from time scales of hours to seasons. I have done this primarily using autonomous ocean observing platforms such as Seagliders.
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