Date: Wednesday, April 05, 2023
Time: 03:30 pm
Sponsored / Hosted by
Patrick Rafter

Department Seminar: Joellen Russell

Wednesday, April 05, 2023 | 03:30 pm
Joellen Russell
Event Details

Title: Climate And The Deep Blue Sea: Measuring and Predicting the Winds and Ocean Mixing that Set Earth’s Transient Climate Response

Abstract: Strong winds in storms over the Southern Ocean drive significant, two-way air-sea exchanges of carbon and heat. These spatially and temporally varying fluxes largely determine the efficiency of the ocean carbon pump and are therefore vital to Earth’s climate system; this is especially true during the ongoing transient response to anthropogenic forcing where the ocean moderates the pace of carbon and heat increases in the atmosphere. Accurately observing these storms and evaluating the ability of fully coupled climate models to simulate the circulation and biogeochemistry relative to observations is crucial for closing the global carbon budget and for building confidence in climate model projections and advancing model fidelity. The lack of historical observations of key metrics associated with the circulation and biogeochemistry of the Southern Ocean has led to large disagreement among Earth system model simulations - but new float observational products, paleoclimate benchmarks and freshwater scenarios suggest we may be facing a warmer and windier world.

The Department of Earth System Science acknowledges our presence on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples, who still hold strong cultural, spiritual and physical ties to this region.