This brilliant short film was produced by Zoe Waring and shot on a GoPro throughout the SMILES Cruise 2015.
Image above supplied courtesy of NASA with thanks.
SMILES is a combined observational and numerical modelling experiment funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council. It aims to improve our understanding of the role played by submesoscale processes at the subantarctic front in the Southern Ocean.
The three year project involves researchers from Plymouth University, Cambridge University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the British Antarctic Survey, and LOCEAN in France.
Our work will improve our understanding of how processes within the oceanic surface mixed layer impact on climate and marine life. The processes within the oceanic surface mixed layer is the upper portion of the ocean which is in direct contact with the atmosphere and through which climatically important properties like heat, freshwater and atmospheric gases are exchanged between the ocean and atmosphere.
Within this website you’ll be able to learn a little more about exactly what submesoscales are and why we need to study them, how we’re doing that from both the modelling and observational perspective. You will also gain some insight into how we go about our work as oceanographers. You can see where the team members come from, what they do, and what tools they use to do this. The gallery in particular shows some great pictures from the cruise (designated JR311) aboard the British Antarctic Survey research vessel, the RRS James Clark Ross.
The study of submesoscale dynamics can help to improve future climate and ocean state predictions through the development of eddy parameterizations.
A recently published paper by Megan Stamper, the SMILES modelling PhD, has demonstrated how sharp, submesoscale fronts develop in the upper ocean.
First paper published from cruise results reveals widespread submesoscale instabilities within the ACC.
Read the paper from Kate Adams here.
The SMILES team will be presenting results from the 2015 cruise at the AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans in February.