The Southern Ocean boundary layer: winds, turbulence, sea spray and clouds

  • Siems, Steven (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Belusic, Danijel (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Manton, Michael (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Keywood, Melita (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Schulz, Eric (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Sullivan, Peter P. (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Both satellite products and climate models have large biases in the energy and water budgets over the Southern Ocean (SO). This is a direct consequence of a poor understanding of the structure and dynamics of the SO atmospheric boundary layer, which has arisen from an inability to make the necessary observations in this harsh environment. Due to the availability of new Australian research infrastructure, large steps forward are now possible with modest investment. This project will conduct and combine observations from the recently acquired RV Investigator and the collocated airborne and surface observations to understand the structure and evolution of the unique, pristine SO boundary layer and to evaluate satellites and climate models.
Effective start/end date1/02/1531/12/18


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD404,300.00
  • Monash University
  • CSIRO - Marine and Atmospheric Research (Tasmania)
  • CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)
  • National Centre for Atmospheric Research