Harnessing remote sensing to address critical science questions on ocean-atmosphere interactions

Griet Neukermans, Tristan Harmel, Martí Galí, Natalia Rudorff, Jacek Chowdhary, Oleg Dubovik, Chris Hostetler, Yongxiang Hu, Cédric Jamet, Kirk Knobelspiesse, Yoav Lehahn, Pavel Litvinov (+7 others)
2018 Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene  
Earth observing systems have proven to be a unique source of long-term synoptic information on numerous physical, chemical and biological parameters on a global scale. Merging this information for integrated studies that peruse key questions about the ocean-atmosphere interface is, however, very challenging. Such studies require interdisciplinary frameworks and novel insights into ways to address the problem. We present here a perspective review on how current and emerging remote sensing
more » ... ogies could help address two scientific questions within the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) science plan: (1) to what extent does upper-ocean biology affect the composition and radiative properties of the marine boundary layer; and (2) to what extent does upper-ocean turbulence drive fluxes of mass and energy at the air-sea interface. We provide a thorough review of how these questions have been addressed and discuss novel potential avenues using multiplatform space-borne missions, from visible to microwave, active and passive sensors.
doi:10.1525/elementa.331 fatcat:qdgrkh6gyffb3jymqpd4hulyaq