Special Feature: The Sea Surface Microlayer - Linking the Ocean and Atmosphere
Collection launched: 20 Oct 2016
Oliver Wurl, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg
Michael Cunliffe, Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
The sea surface microlayer is the boundary interface between atmosphere and ocean, covering 70% of Earth’s surface. It typically has physical, chemical and biological properties measurably distinct from underlying waters. The unique position of the sea surface microlayer gives it a central role in global biogeochemical cycles and climate-related processes. This special feature of Elementa presents state-of-the-art science on this important interface with contributions across a range of disciplines, including trace metal biogeochemistry, air-sea gas exchange, marine microbiology, organic chemistry and modelling. The research covers a broad range of oceanic ecosystems, from coastal seas to open ocean and from polar regions to tropical waters.