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Title Microbes, clouds and hurricanes: modeling the sea surface atmosphere interaction background
In the current project, a MSc student will further develop an existing numerical model for the top layer of the sea surface. The existing model (Börner et al., 2022) allows for a realistic simulation of the sea surface response to the forcing by solar radiation and near-surface horizontal wind. The extension envisioned will incorporate the effect of rainfall, that is, freshwater forcing that is deposited at or just below the surface-atmosphere interface. Freshwater is less dense than salty ocean water at the same temperature, thus, freshwater could in principle increase the stability of the SML - thereby favoring further heating by solar irradiation. Greater heating, together with increased surface evaporation into the atmosphere, could generate atmospheric convection, thus resulting in positive feedback with even more freshwater forcing. However, the increased surface evaporation in turn can increase the salinity in the SML, thereby lowering the stability and potentially leading to mixing with colder subsurface water. Thus, to properly capture such competing effects, a model capable of describing freshwater forcing would be invaluable. The project should be carried out as a MSc project.

Joint MSc thesis in close collaboration between the groups "Complexity & Climate" (ZMT Bremen) and "Processes and Sensors of Marine Interfaces" (ICBM). 

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Home institution Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Type of work conceptual / theoretical
Type of thesis Master's degree
Author Prof. Dr. Oliver Wurl
Status available
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Created 28/07/22

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