SPICE Project

Submesoscale Processes in a Changing Environment
August 2021 – August 2023 (2 million SEK)
Funding call: European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Standard European Fellowship.

My current research focus is on my Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship called Submesoscale Processes in a Changing Environment (SPICE). The goal of SPICE is to 1) quantify the variability of heat and carbon air-sea fluxes in the Southern Ocean and 2) better understand how ocean submesoscale processes modulate heat and carbon exchange between the atmosphere and the ocean interior.

SPICE was born out of my curiosity to understand how small scale ocean currents impact how the ocean absorbs heat and carbon from the atmosphere. The goal of this research is to ultimately reduce uncertainties in future global climate model projections.

In December 2021, I will go on a research expedition in the Weddell Sea as a part of the SO-CHIC project. Here, we will deploy two different kinds of autonomous ocean robots, two Seagliders and a Sailbuoy. These instruments will remain in the ocean for the upcoming year where we will pilot them from land. For a period of 3 months, two Saildrones will join the other instruments, collecting vital information on air-sea heat and carbon fluxes during the critical autumn to winter transition.

Read more about the project from the official EU webpage here.

Schematic of the SPICE field plan.