ESA-SOLAS - OceanFlux Greenhouse Gases

PML contact: Professor Philip Nightingale

Funder: European Space Agency (ESA)

Start date: October 2014
End date: October 2016

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Transport of gases between the ocean and the atmosphere, known as ‘air-sea gas exchange’, have profound implications for our environment. In particular, the atmosphere-to-ocean exchange of greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide) is a critical part of the Earth’s climate system.

This project aims to improve air-sea exchange (flux) estimates of CO2 and other greenhouse gases using Earth Observation (EO) data. More accurate calculations of these exchanges are needed if we are to fully understand the role that the oceans play in regulating our climate.

Our key role in the ESA OceanFlux GHG consortium lies in both overseeing the project management and leading the scientific work. Our scientists have used Earth observation to quantify the impact that rain can have on global air-sea CO2 fluxes and characterised the sensitivity of air-sea CO2 fluxes in Arctic waters to a changing climate.


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