nov/29th/2011 - dec/2nd/2011 | Frascati (Rome), Italy
Abstract submission until May 13th
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Physical and biogeochemical interactions between ocean surface and atmosphere boundary layer involve several key processes governing the Earth system dynamics and its climate, such as momentum, fluxes, heat and gas exchanges. In this context, the observation, quantification and monitoring of the different ocean and atmospheric variables involved in these processes is of major importance to better understand, characterise and predict their behaviour and their influence on climate.
The Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) is a major international initiative meant to "achieve quantitative understanding of the key biogeochemical-physical interactions and feedbacks between the ocean and the atmosphere, and how this coupled system affects and is affected by climate and environmental change." Achieving this challenging objective calls for interdisciplinary research and coupled studies, requiring marine and atmospheric scientists to work together with Earth Observation scientists and modellers.
Recent advances in Earth observation (EO) technology have made possible improved global observations of several key parameters governing the ocean-atmosphere interactions. In the coming years, an increasing number of EO missions will provide an unprecedented capacity to observe the sea-surface and the atmosphere, opening a new era in EO for ocean-atmosphere interactions science. The full exploitation of this capacity by scientific and institutional users requires coordinated research efforts to develop robust global geo-information products and to facilitate their integration into suitable coupled physical/biogeochemical models.
This joint ESA-SOLAS-EGU conference aims at bringing together the EO and SOLAS communities, as well as scientific institutions and space agencies involved in the observation, characterisation and forecasting of ocean-atmosphere interactions and their impacts.
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