The ABC's of the sea surface microlayer: Aerosols, Bubbles, and Composition

The sea surface microlayer is an important interface controlling the transfer of energy, material and gases between the oceans and the atmosphere, and has been a primary focus of the SOLAS programme since its inception. The five SOLAS themes all include processes that affect and are affected by the sea-surface microlayer, including marine ecology, photochemistry, free radical/thermal chemistry, greenhouse gases and gas exchange, primary aerosol production, and atmospheric deposition. Therefore, the sea surface is one of five cross-cutting themes explored in the new United States SOLAS Science Plan, which was released in 2021. This seminar highlights some recent work at this exciting interface.

14:00-16:00 UTC-5, Friday, 27th January 2023

Recording here

United States Ocean Atmosphere Interaction Committee (OAIC) and Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry (OCB)
Rachel Stanley (Department of Chemistry, Wellesley College, United States)
Yuan Gao (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, United States)


Sarah Brooks
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, United States
Title: Influence of the sea surface microlayer composition on cloud formation
Luc Deike
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, United States
Title: Ocean spray aerosols generation: from breaking waves to bursting bubbles
Andrew Wozniak
School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware, United States
Title: Untargeted, high resolution mass spectrometry for characterizing surfactant organic matter in the sea surface microlayer