Boats, Floats and Climate Models: Understanding our Ocean
Large-scale circulations in our ocean transport heat, freshwater, carbon, and nutrients throughout the globe, while interacting with our atmosphere and setting the climate and weather patterns we experience each day. With increased greenhouse gas emissions expected to continue to increase throughout the 21st century, it is crucial that we are able to predict and understand how ocean circulations and their properties will respond in a warming climate. I use a combination of ocean observational data and the results from state of the art climate model simulations to understand how ocean circulations are projected to evolve throughout the century. I will discuss the way modern-day oceanographic measurements are made, from ship-based measurements to robotic floats roaming the ocean, and how I am using these observations with climate model simulations to understand the ocean’s role in our climate.