Collision Space: Air-Sea Interactions and the Intersections between Weather, Climate, and Technology
Tuesday, 3 May
Keynote Speaker Series
The ocean and atmosphere communicate by exchanging heat, moisture, momentum, and gases such as carbon dioxide across the constantly changing ocean surface and through to the coupled ocean-atmosphere boundary layers. There is growing scientific recognition that small-scale processes occurring at or near this interface, such as bubbles, ocean spray, breaking waves, and freshwater lenses caused by rain, play an outsized role in shaping other parts of the Earth system, to the extent that better understanding of them will vastly improve our ability to predict much larger-scale processes, including weather and climate. Air-sea interactions also play a central role in the formation and evolution of lower-level winds and storms that are important variables in the complex economic and social calculus of offshore wind energy, marine transportation, and coastal resilience. In this talk, Carol Anne Clayson will discuss current research at the air-sea intersection as well as the need for better tools to drive improvements in models that underly decisions across a wide range of governmental, commercial, and social sectors. She will also outline the upcoming DOE-funded and industry-partnered field campaign to be held around the Eastern Seaboard wind farm region beginning in late 2022.
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Oceanic and Engineering Society (IEEE-OES)
- Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)