Submesoscale Processes in a Changing Environment, or SPICE, is the name of my European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Standard European Fellowship.

This fellowship allows me to work at the University of Gothenburg for the duration of two years, from August 2021 to August 2023. The total amount of the fellowship is around 2 million SEK. I even have a cool logo designed by the talented @isgiddy that is inspired by the warming stripes of the Southern Ocean.

Read more about the project from the official EU webpage here and you can access my proposal here.

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.

The observations of SPICE are tied strongly to the I am currently on the SO-CHIC project, where I am currently on the S.A. Agulhas II in the Weddell Sea to 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.

Schematic of the SPICE field plan.