Special Issue "The Interrelationships between Near-Surface Ecological Processes and Air–Sea Exchange of Gases and Particles"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosphere/Hydrosphere/Land–Atmosphere Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yoav Lehahn
Guest Editor
Laboratory for Cross-Disciplinary Study of Marine Systems, Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, 3498838 Haifa, Israel
Interests: ocean–atmosphere interactions; biophysical interactions; remote sensing; Earth system science
Dr. Eyal Rahav
Guest Editor
The Rahav Microbial Ecology Laboratory, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute, 31080 Haifa, Israel
Interests: primary and bacterial production; airborne bacteria; aerosol microbial ecology; biological oceanography
Dr. Thomas Bell
Guest Editor
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, PL1 3DH Plymouth, UK
Interests: ocean–atmosphere interactions; surface ocean trace gas biogeochemistry
Dr. Christa A. Marandino
Guest Editor
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, 24105 Kiel, Germany
Interests: tropospheric trace gas chemistry; air/sea exchange; surface ocean biogeochemical cycling; trace gas analysis technique development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The oceans and atmosphere interact through various physical and biochemical processes, which may greatly affect aquatic ecosystems, atmospheric chemistry, and climate. The exchange of gases and particles between the oceans and the atmosphere affect a substantial number of important components within the Earth System. Air–sea exchange influences atmospheric composition and reactivity, affecting the production of cloud condensation nuclei, ice-nucleating particles, and atmospheric greenhouse gas levels. Air–sea exchange also influences the availability of micro- and macronutrients, global biogeochemical cycles, primary and bacterial productivity, and microbial community composition.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present recent progress in the study of atmosphere–ocean interactions, focusing on the way upper ocean ecology affects and is affected by gas and particle fluxes across the air–seawater interface. Experimental studies (microcosm/mesocosm manipulations), in situ observations, and modeling efforts dealing with these aspects are welcome.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Spatial and temporal variability of polluted aerosols and desert dust in the atmosphere;
  • Spatial and temporal variability of airborne prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms;
  • Novel techniques and methods for studying ocean–atmosphere interaction;
  • Response of marine organisms to aerosol or dust deposition;
  • Gas and heat exchange between the ocean and the atmosphere;
  • Sea surface microlayer composition and control of air–sea exchange;
  • Effects of sea-spray on cloud nucleation processes;
  • Consequences and influence of climate change on the synergistic exchanges between atmospheric dust and land–ocean ecosystems.

Dr. Yoav Lehahn
Dr. Eyal Rahav
Dr. Thomas Bell
Dr. Christa A. Marandino
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • air–sea interactions
  • gas exchange
  • marine ecosystem
  • sea surface microlayer
  • marine aerosols
  • climate
  • dust
  • atmospheric nutrients

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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