Of sea and sky: How do oceans interact with Earth’s atmosphere?

Professor works with student in lab

How oceans and the atmosphere interact is an ongoing learning process, and that learning process is being enhanced at Texas A&M University with expertise provided by one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject, British professor Peter Liss.

Liss’s Texas A&M presence is made possible through a new initiative — the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study — that brings nationally and internationally prominent scientists and scholars to the flagship university from three to twelve months during which they interact on a daily basis with the university’s permanent faculty in research and related endeavors and engage students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

During his current 12-month involvement at Texas A&M, Liss has already ­collaborated with faculty in the College of Geosciences and College of Science in preparation of several scientific papers for publication in scholarly journals and has several more in progress.

Three aspects of ocean-atmosphere interactions have been selected for studies at Texas A&M because of their importance and generality: dust from land depositing on the oceans; the formation of particles in the marine atmosphere; and the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) by the oceans.

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