Paper out: Surface ocean microbiota determine cloud precursors

Our paper ”Surface ocean microbiota determine cloud precursors” is out now in Scientific Reports and you can read it here.

Breaking waves on coast

This paper combines work from campaigns in the Mediterranean, Arctic and New Zealand coastal seas to show that there is a relationship between the abundance of seawater nanophytoplankton and sea-spray aerosol. Sea-spray aerosol particles are formed when air bubbles burst as waves break. The particles can affect the properties of clouds by acting as seeds for cloud droplets. The number of available cloud condensation nuclei has an impact on the properties of clouds and further on climate. Our result indicate that including the effect of nanophytoplankton in formation of sea-spray aerosol could be an important addition for climate models.

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Measurements at Baring Head continue

In June, after New Zealand came out of Covid-19 lockdown, we set up our instruments back at the Baring Head research station. Now we can track how aerosols behave during New Zealand winter and spring.

Video of Sea2Cloud voyage is up

Watch below the video of our voyage in March 2020 made by Hervé Colombani. The video can be found also in French at