Journal article

SEASTAR: A mission to study ocean submesoscale dynamics and small-scale atmosphere-ocean processes in coastal, shelf and polar seas

C Gommenginger, B Chapron, A Hogg, C Buckingham, B Fox-Kemper, L Eriksson, F Soulat, C Ubelmann, F Ocampo-Torres, BB Nardelli, D Griffin, F Lopez-Dekker, P Knudsen, OB Andersen, L Stenseng, N Stapleton, W Perrie, N Violante-Carvalho, J Schulz-Stellenfleth, D Woolf Show all

Frontiers in Marine Science | Frontiers Research Foundation | Published : 2019

Abstract

High-resolution satellite images of ocean color and sea surface temperature reveal an abundance of ocean fronts, vortices and filaments at scales below 10 km but measurements of ocean surface dynamics at these scales are rare. There is increasing recognition of the role played by small scale ocean processes in ocean-atmosphere coupling, upper-ocean mixing and ocean vertical transports, with advanced numerical models and in situ observations highlighting fundamental changes in dynamics when scales reach 1 km. Numerous scientific publications highlight the global impact of small oceanic scales on marine ecosystems, operational forecasts and long-term climate projections through strong ageostro..

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